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UN Sec. General Denounces Anti-Semitism While Remembering the Holocaust

January 29th 2014

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sounded a strong warning against the dangers of anti-Semitism and hatred of any kind in the world during the International Holocaust Day held at the UN offices in Nairobi in tribute to the six million Jews and countless others massacred in the Holocaust.

In a statement, Ban Ki-Moon wrote, “The United Nations was founded to prevent any such horror from happening again. Yet tragedies from Cambodia to Rwanda to Srebrenica show that the poison of genocide still flows.” His message was read on his behalf by the UN Resident Coordinator Nardos Bekele-Thomas on January 27.

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon recalled a visit he made to the Auschwitz death camp in November of last year. It ws there that he walked through the “infamous” gate bearing the metal sign proclaiming ‘Arbeit macht frei’ (work makes [you] free) and stood near the crematoria where the corpses of so many victims were burned. “I will never forget my visit,” he said. “I saw the horrific remnants of the machinery of genocide, as well as moving images of European Jewish life in the 1930s - weddings, family meals, rituals, other scenes of simple daily life - all extinguished through systematic murder unique in human history."

“I saw the barracks where Jews, Roma, Sinti, homosexuals, dissidents, prisoners of war and persons with disabilities spent their final days in the most brutal conditions,” he added, calling for vigilance against bigotry, extremist ideologies, communal tensions and discrimination against minorities.

The ceremonies were accompanied by exhibitions at UN offices in Nairobi under the theme “Remembrance Week: Journeys through the Holocaust,” marking the 70th anniversary of the deportation of over half a million Jews from Hungary to the German Nazi death camps.

Martin Barillas is the editor of Speroforum.com


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