November 2nd, 2005

International Holocaust Memorial Day: Central Council of Jews pays credit to the United Nations

The Central Council of Jews in Germany welcomes the recent UN resolution declaring 27 January International Holocaust Memorial Day. “After decades of silence this resolution is very much to the UN’s credit”, said President Paul Spiegel. In January 2005, sixty years after the end of the Second World War, the UN General Assembly in New York commemorated the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the six million victims for the first time in its history.

The international community has a duty and responsibility to uphold the memory of the dreadful crimes committed by the National Socialists emanating from German soil, especially as the survivors who can testify to these events are increasingly few in number, continued Paul Spiegel. “Remembering the holocaust is an exhortation to the next generation to show courage in opposing anti-Semitism, genocide and any form of discrimination which expresses contempt of humanity. The recent statements by the Iranian President indicate how alive the threat is, not only for the state of Israel but for Jews as a minority across the world.”

Berlin, 2 November 2005/30 Tishri 5766