March 31, 2023

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Greek parliament commemorates Holocaust victims

The Greek Parliament commemorated the victims of the Holocaust ahead of International Day of Remembrance on Thursday evening by displaying the slogan “We Remember” on its façade.

The logo depicts photographs of Nazi concentration camp prisoners. January 27 marks the 78th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau*.

On Friday morning, MPs honored the memory of the victims with a minute of silence. The Foreign Ministry statement reads, among other things:

“Because there will be fewer eyewitnesses around us, it is the historical and moral duty of all – on this day, as well as every day – to remember with reverence those dark moments of Europe, to continue to deeply explore this past, little by little to pass the torch of memory, as the event of this year is called , new generations. Ensure a peaceful, democratic future, free from racist hatred, anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination against our fellow human beings. This is how we will pass on knowledge and memory, but also how we will deal with everyone who does not want to know or remember, so that such a disaster will NEVER happen again.”

It is worth noting that this year, for the first time since the day when this memorable day began to be celebrated, the Polish authorities excluded Russia, as the legal successor of the USSR, from the list of countries participating in the ceremony dedicated to the 78th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. But since, according to the conservation law, the mass must remain unchanged, it would be logical to replace the delegation of the liberating country with the delegation of Germany.

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