Today, we pause to remember the six million Jewish people and countless other victims whose lives were tragically taken during the Holocaust. We honor their memory and reflect on the profound impact this horrific event has had on the world. The 27th of January marks the 79th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. It serves as a somber reminder of the depths to which humanity can sink when hatred goes unchecked.
As we commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, let us not only mourn the lives lost, but also reaffirm our commitment to combat antisemitism, racism, and all forms of intolerance. This commitment is both a tribute to the past victims and a promise to future generations, a promise to create a world in which such atrocities are inconceivable.
Today, as antisemitism and hate speech are on the rise and atrocities continue to occur, this work is more important than ever. Keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive is a duty not only to the victims and survivors but to humanity.
On this solemn day, let us remember, let us learn, and let us strive for a more tolerant, inclusive, and peaceful world.