No: 24, 27 January 2020, Press Release Regarding The International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 27.01.2020

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution dated November 1, 2005 which Turkey co-sponsored and designated January 27 as “International Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

On the occasion of the “International Holocaust Remembrance Day”, we once more commemorate with respect 6 million Jewish victims who were brutally and systematically murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators as well as those minorities and groups including Roma people and disabled persons that were also targeted. We remember with respect the Turkish diplomats who aided those victims fleeing this horrible tragedy.

Victims of Holocaust, which is an unprecedented incident in human history, are commemorated across the world as well as in Turkey. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by University of Ankara with participation of Minister of Culture and Tourism H.E. Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chancellor of Ankara University, academics and students, members of diplomatic corps, Chief Rabbi of Turkey, the President, along with the members of the Turkish Jewish Community.

Despite the painful lessons of Holocaust, it is worrying to observe the rise in Antisemitism, xenophobia, racism and Islamophobia in today’s world. It is essential to resolutely fight against these hate-based phenomena that pose threats to global peace, security and stability.

With this understanding, Turkey has been participating as an observer country since 2008 in the activities of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which was established with the aim of researching Holocaust thoroughly, duly commemorating its victims and educating the new generations about this crime.

Turkey opened its doors to hundreds of Jews fleeing Nazi persecution and today she continues to provide protection to millions of people escaping from cruelty. Turkey will continue her decisive efforts to prevent Antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism, xenophobia, discrimination and all forms of extremism.

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