EUROPE – International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the date when the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated and the end of the Holocaust that resulted with the killing of six million European Jews and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Octavian Fulop, survivor of the Holocaust, confesses today that he lived all the possible horrors at Auschwitz and in the present he can not accept the denial of what happened in that period of time.
Octavian Fulop, survivor of Holocaust:
As a survivor who went through all the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp and I am the only survivor from my whole family and I felt on my own skin the horrors, and in the name of all the survivors I can not accept the denial of what happened there. I can not accept to minimize what happened there, I can not believe that somebody can do this. Personally, I think, I am convinced that this generation and the next one will continue to honor the memory of the Holocaust victims and continue to learn about the past, because if not, the history can repeat. In the end I would like to say that the victims from Auschwitz don’t have a grave in a cemetery, but Auschwitz is the biggest cemetery of the world.
The Israel ambassador in Bucharest, David Saranga, is talking about the importance of memory.
David Saranga, the Israel ambassador in Bucharest:
Let’s not hear only the voice of the extremism. In those years of atrocities, over the shouts of help of the victims, over the gunfire shots on the street, there was silence and there was a complicity of the people. It is our duty, all of us, to choose education instead of indifference, to stop repeating these kind of horrors.
Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission Coordinator on combating antisemitism, says that the studies show that 9 out of 10 Jews see antisemitism rising and overall there is a perception in Europe that antisemitism is higher now.
Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission Coordinator:
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