23. 1. 2009 16:26

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the International Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January.

On behalf of the European Union the Presidency of the Council invites all countries to honour the memory of all Holocaust victims and to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau on the International Holocaust Memorial Day, 27th January. In accordance with the resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 1 November 2005 the European Union reaffirms that the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one third of the Jewish people, as well as the murder of countless members of other minorities, has to serve forever as a warning of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism as well as prejudice, and rejects any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or in part.

The Presidency of the Council of the European Union informs that the Holocaust Era Assets Conference will take place from 26 to 30 June 2009 in Prague and Terezín in the Czech Republic. The objective of the conference is not only to assess the progress made since the 1998 Washington Conference but mainly to give new impetus for further international cooperation and sharing of experience in this field with a special emphasis on education.

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