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On International Holocaust Remembrance Day the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalls the importance of keeping the historical memory alive and honouring the victims of Nazism and Fascism

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Birkenau death camp and other Nazi and Fascist concentration camps and persecution and execution sites. Slovenia joins in the Holocaust remembrance, commemoration of war victims and honouring of those who helped the victims of persecution survive. During the war, a great number of Slovenes, Slovene Jews and Roma of both genders were forcibly taken to concentration camps, with many never to return.

As a member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) since 2011, Slovenia strives to preserve the historical memory and respect for the victims of Nazism and Fascism. Contemporary world still faces genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing, so it is so much important to promote research into the Holocaust and honour the victims of Nazi and Fascist persecution, and keep the memory alive in the public and in the education system.   In addition, Slovenia upholds the principle of the responsibility to protect from mass atrocities.

On 19 January in Brussels, Foreign Minister Dr Miro Cerar attended the IHRA Ministerial Conference. He underscored Slovenia’s commitment to raising the awareness and preserving the historical sources of the Holocaust, genocide against Roma and persecution of other victims by Nazis, Fascists and their collaborators. The ministers adopted the ministerial declaration to mark the 20th anniversary of the Stockholm Declaration, with which states committed to keep alive the memory of the Holocaust victims and suffering of millions of others.

Remembrance is not only the responsibility of governments, but of the society as a whole, so the Ministry commends the wide range of events that will take place in the following days in Slovenia as part of the project “Shoah - Let Us Remember 2020”.