The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, says the UN will continue to hold in high esteem the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
In a message, Guterres said the UN remembers the six million Jewish children, women, and men as well as the Roma and Sinti, the people with disabilities, and countless others who perished.
“We reflect on the millions of individual lives cut short; the millions of futures stolen away. As we mourn the loss of so many and so much, we also recognize that the Holocaust was not inevitable. No genocide ever is. It was the culmination of millennia of antisemitic hate”
The UN insists that the Nazis could only move with calculated cruelty from the discrimination of Europe’s Jews to their annihilation because so few people stood up.
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“It was the deafening silence – both at home and abroad – that emboldened them. The alarm bells were ringing from the very beginning.
Hate speech and disinformation. Contempt for human rights and the rule of law. The glorification of violence and tales of racial supremacy. Disdain for democracy and diversity”
In remembering the Holocaust, the UN said it recognizes threats to freedom, dignity, and humanity – including in our own time and that in the face of growing economic discontent and political instability, escalating white supremacist terrorism, and surging hate and religious bigotry, people must be more outspoken than ever and must never forget nor allow others to ever forget, distort or deny the Holocaust.
(Editor : Ena Agbanoma)