International Holocaust Remembrance Day is Commemorated in Belarus

On 27 January the commemorative ceremony dedicated to the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust took place in the National Museum of Great Patriotic War. The event was organized jointly by the UN office in Minsk (UNO) and Belarusian National Fund “Holocaust”. The UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Antonius Broek, Israeli Ambassador in Belarus Edward Shapiro and representative of the US Embassy in Belarus Anton Cooper spoke at the ceremony.

On 27 January the commemorative ceremony dedicated to the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust took place in the National Museum of Great Patriotic War. The event was organized jointly by the UN office in Minsk (UNO) and Belarusian National Fund “Holocaust”.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Antonius Broek, Israeli Ambassador in Belarus Edward Shapiro and representative of the US Embassy in Belarus Anton Cooper spoke at the ceremony.

“On the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the most notorious of all Nazi concentration camps - death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau - we bend our heads before innocent victims of the Holocaust - millions of Jews, political dissidents, members of such minority groups, as the Roma and Sinti, homosexuals and disabled people, who were mercilessly murdered by the Nazi regime.

Proclamation by the UN General Assembly of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day reiterates commitment of the world community to respect human rights and fight all forms of intolerance, prejudice and anti–Semitism, to protect dignity and equality of all human beings”, - said the UN Resident Coordinator in his opening address at the commemorative ceremony.

The event was also attended by representatives of the Belarusian Union of Jewish organizations, war veterans and Nazi camps survivors.

The ceremony was followed by screening of the documentary “The liberation of Auschwitz” and opening of the exhibition “Cry” of the well–known Belarusian artist Sergei Shilo.

In Belarus during the years of the World War II about 800 thousand Jews were murdered. Minsk ghetto, one of the largest in Europe and invaded Soviet territory, contained more than 100 thousand prisoners of Jewish nationality.