Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today opened a series of ceremonies to mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
In front of the commemorative stone on the forecourt of the Palais de l’Europe, addresses and wreath-laying were also made by Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, Klaus Werner Iohannis, President of Romania; Carmel Shama-Hacohen, Ambassador of Israel to the international institutions in France, Miranda Vuolasranta, President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum and Denis Erhart, President of "Les Oublié(e)s" de la Mémoire Association Civile Homosexuelle du Devoir de Mémoire. Closing remarks were made by Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly.
Commemoration ceremonies and Remembrance events will also take place in several member states with the support of their Council of Europe field offices.
The exhibitions “Education and Remembrance - The Holocaust in Romania” and “There was a life” will be on display at the Ante-Room of the Committee of Ministers, and a training activity for school children will be held at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg on 26 January.