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Minister Flanagan attends National Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration

Commemorations, Ireland, Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, Ireland, 2015

 

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Charlie Flanagan TD, will today (Sunday) attend the National Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration which honours those who perished in the Holocaust.

 

Speaking ahead of the commemoration this evening, Minister Flanagan said:

“The Holocaust was a crime against humanity on a scale that today we find difficult to comprehend. The Holocaust Education Trust fulfils a very important role in combating intolerance by ensuring that the harrowing suffering and atrocities of the Holocaust are remembered, and the lessons learned are not forgotten.

“Today’s important ceremony honours the memory of the eleven million men, women and children who were systematically and brutally murdered in the Holocaust. Those who lost their lives included six million Jews and five million more people murdered because of their nationality, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliations or religious beliefs."

Minister Flanagan will give a reading of the Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust (2000), the founding document of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which sets out members’ commitment to supporting Holocaust education, remembrance and research.

“I am deeply honoured to have been invited to read the text of the Stockholm Declaration at this evening’s commemoration and to reaffirm the Irish Government's commitment to its principles. The Declaration calls upon us to ‘remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice”, Minister Flanagan said.

 

ENDS

Press Office
25 January 2015