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EJC welcomes Luxembourg apology for role in Holocaust
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EJC welcomes Luxembourg apology for role in Holocaust

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has applauded the Luxembourg Government for its official apology to the Jewish community for its "suffering" during the Nazi occupation in World War II, in the first gesture of its kind from the duchy.

“We welcome this apology, even if it is very late and when unfortunately many Holocaust survivors are not around to witness it,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, said in response. “We continue to hope and call on all relevant nations who have not done so, to follow this example and apologise for its role in the Holocaust, especially as the number of survivors is starting to dwindle.”

Out of 3,700 Jews living in Luxembourg before the war, 1,200 were killed from May 1940 until September 1944, the period of Nazi occupation, according to the Luxembourg government website.

"The government presents its apologies to the Jewish community for the suffering that was inflicted on it and the injustices that were committed against it, and recognises the responsibility of some public officials in the unforgivable events committed," said a declaration signed by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and a group of ministers.

“Seventy years after the liberation of the death and concentration camps, many are beginning to belittle, deflect and whitewash their role in the attempted annihilation of the Jewish People, so it is vital that governments lead the way in accepting their historic responsibility,” Dr. Kantor continued. “I hope that all nations will ensure that the memory of the Holocaust will continue to be imparted even when there are no more living witnesses.”

Thursday, June 11, 2015
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