No:14, 26 January 2019, Press Release Regarding International Holocaust Remembrance Day

República Da Turquia Ministério Dos Negócios Estrangeiros 26.01.2019

On November 1, 2005, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution, which Turkey co-sponsored, to designate January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we commemorate more than 6 million victims who were brutally murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators in a systematic way. We also remember with respect the Turkish diplomats who aided those victims fleeing this horrible tragedy.

Holocaust victims have been commemorated across the world as well as in Turkey. On 24 January 2019, a ceremony with broad participation was hosted by the University of Ankara. Deputy Foreign Minister and Director for EU Affairs Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı, 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, and high school students attended this event.

Lessons should be derived from the Holocaust, which has no parallel in history. Despite the Holocaust, which was the result of racism and hatred towards differences, the rise in antisemitism, racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia in today’s world is worrying. It is essential to resolutely fight against these hate-based phenomena that pose threats to global 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, including scientists, fleeing Nazi persecution and today provides protection to millions of people escaping from cruelty. Turkey will continue its efforts to prevent racism, discrimination, xenophobia, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and all forms of extremism.

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