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Europe remembers the victims of the Holocaust
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Europe remembers the victims of the Holocaust

MEPs, representatives of Jewish communities in Europe and other personalities met on January 25 in the Parliament in Brussels to remind the victims of the Holocaust, six million Jews who died at the hands of Nazi Germany in the decade of The forty House Speaker Antonio Tajani said that remembering "the worst tragedy in European history" is "crucial if we want to avoid repeating the same mistakes". 

Tajani expressed concern about the persistence of hate crimes against Jews today and the decline of the Jewish population in Europe. He stressed the importance of "remembering the terrible mistakes of the past" so as not to forget that "Europe has always been able to draw lessons from history for a future based on freedom, democracy and respect for human dignity."

European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor said: "We, European Jews, want to remain in Europe and be faithful to it as we have always been."

"We count on Europe to continue showing its loyalty to the idea that Jews have a future here in Europe," he added.

UNESCO ambassador for Holocaust education, Beate Klarsfeld, who investigated the crimes of Nazi officials still alive and helped bring them to justice, spoke of the transformation of Germany in the years following the Holocaust into "a new Nation, a new country, a new soul. "

He warned of the resurgence of racism and xenophobia in reaction to the migratory crisis. "Each of us must be vigilant and committed to civic engagement," Klarsfeld said.

Among the guests at the ceremony were former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who chairs the European Council for Tolerance and Reconciliation, and Russian film director Andrei Konchalovsky, who won a medal for his cinematographic work against extremism and intolerance.

The International Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust is commemorated on January 27, since on that same day in 1945 the Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz extermination camp.

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