“Every European should learn what happened. How and why the Holocaust took place. To keep the promise of never again “, said Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić at the Council of Europe ceremony on Tuesday 24 January, marking the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
Addresses were delivered by the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Annalena Baerbock, by the President of the Ministers’ Deputies and Permanent Representative of Iceland, Ambassador Ragnhildur Arnljótsdóttir, by the Ambassador of Israel to the international institutions in France, Haïm Assaraf, and by the Rabbi of the Jewish community of Frankfurt and President of the Orthodox Rabbinical Conference of Germany, Avichai Apel.
The President of the Parliamentary Assembly Tiny Kox delivered the closing remarks. The solemn ceremony was concluded by a laying of wreaths in front of the commemorative stone on the forecourt of the Council of Europe’s headquarters and by a moment of reflection.