International Holocaust Remembrance Day to see 300 survivors visit Auschwitz- Birkenau death camp; EU Foreign Policy Chief addresses recent Paris terror attack and rising anti-Semitism; Merkel speaks of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment in Germany
300 Holocaust survivors will visit Auschwitz- Birkenau Tuesday, marking the 70th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation. On the 60th anniversary 10 years ago, 1,500 survivors traveled to Auschwitz.
Ceremonies will be held for International Holocaust Remembrance Day through out Europe, Israel and internationally.
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini stated on Tuesday that the terror attacks in Paris in which four Jews were killed was a “grim reminder” of the Holocaust, amidst rising anti-Semitism worldwide. She stated, “The latest terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, in which four people were murdered, is a grim reminder that violent anti-Semitism is still alive. Seventy years after the Holocaust, there are Jewish communities in Europe that again feel threatened. So today, more than ever, it is not enough to say ‘Never again.’ We must turn these words into action. Today, more than ever we must inform the generations born after the Holocaust about the terrible events that took place on European soil and educate them to take a stand against anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination.”
She stated that on this year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day that she takes part in “in commemorating a crime unparalleled in human history, a crime in which six million Jews as well as millions of other innocent victims, Roma, political prisoners, prisoners of war, disabled people, homosexuals, were murdered in Nazi death camps.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a speech a speech in the International Auschwitz Committee’s Remembrance Ceremony, also addressing the massive rise of anti-Semitism through out Europe, stating that Auschwitz is a “warning of what people can do to each other”
She stated that “It’s a disgrace that people in Germany are abused, threatened or attacked when they indicate somehow they are Jewish or when they side with the State of Israel” in reference to attacks and slander in Germany against Jewish communities, adding that “With us, everyone must be able to live free and safe, irrespective of religion or origin.”
There are approximately 100,000 Jewish Germans living in Germany.