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Youth gather at Nazi death camps in simultaneous reflection to mark closure of Prague Forum
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Youth gather at Nazi death camps in simultaneous reflection to mark closure of Prague Forum

Young people from around Europe led a minute of silence in memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah at sites indelibly linked to their murder as the Fourth International ‘Let My People Live!’ Forum in Prague drew to a conclusion at an emotion-filled Closing session on Tuesday, 27th January 2015.

The initiative, co-organised by the European Jewish Congress (EJC) and the European Union of Jewish Students, closed the event after the gathering in Prague of politicians, journalists, intellectuals and opinion formers had heard speeches from EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, and President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.

The closing session also included an inaugural commemoration performance of Isaac Schwartz’s “Yellow Stars” by the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia led by world-renowned conductor Vladimir Spivakov. The instrumental performance was accompanied by a documentary film with archive footage from the pre-war period of the 1930’s right up to the liberation of the Nazi death camps.

And as the ceremony drew to a close, a European Minute of Silence was held linking similar actions transmitted live from Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Auschwitz, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. The Minute of Silence gathered young people aged 14 to 30, and providing a unique and unified moment of reflection and meditation.

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