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Photographic exhibition tribute to Holocaust in Romania at UN seat in New York

Romania's Permanent Mission launched on Monday at the United Nations Organisation seat in New York the "Education and Memory. Holocaust in Romania", photographic exhibition, says a press release sent to AGERPRES.

Carried in collaboration with the "Elie Wiesel" National Institute for the Holocaust Study in Romania, the show displays the activities organised countrywide the long of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) chairmanship.

The event enjoyed a numerous audience from the ambassadors accredited to the UN, diplomats, journalists and representatives of the Jewish community of New York, the release adds.

In his speech, ambassador Ion Jinga stressed the importance of keeping the Holocaust tragedy in the collective memory. Seventy-two years now since the Auschwitz labour camp was shut down, several survivors are not here anymore, the Romanian diplomat said.

"Our duty is to make whatever it takes so that their experience is not forced into oblivion, but made known to the young, so that such horrors never ever repeat," said the ambassador.

Romania's representative to the UN evoked the memory of Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize for Peace awardee, born in Sighetu Marmatiei. Elie Wiesel got involved in creating the national institutions for the memory of the Holocaust and building the national consensus to assuming historic truth.

"We must honour his legacy and continue fight against hatred," said Jinga.

During the IHRA Presidency, Romania put a special accent on education. "We wished to promote a pattern of recognition, reconciliation and honouring of the past. In a digital, globalised world the young's education in the spirit of the fundamental values of humanity is the best reaction to the contemporary challenges at these values," ambassador Jinga asserted.

The mounting of the exhibition launched the series of activities of commemoration of the Holocaust International Day, staged at the UN Hqs., over 23 - 27 January 2017.

The "Education and Memory. Holocaust in Romania" exhibition includes a brief history of the Holocaust in Romania, marking the Iasi pogrom in 1941, as well as the brave personal stories of some Romanians designated as Righteous among the Nations for the support they offered to the Jews communities of that dark time of the contemporary history.

The UN General Assembly's Resolution 60/7 (2005) has decreed the day of 27 January the day of liberation of the Auschwitz labourcamp in 1945 - as International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day.

Source: Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES

 

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