MONTEVIDEO – The Permanent Commission of Congress commemorated on Wednesday in Montevideo the UN international day of remembrance for the millions of victims of genocide at the hands of the Nazis in World War II, and participants at the ceremony in Uruguay’s capital called on the world to ensure nothing similar occurs in the future.
“This is a very important commemoration, repeated each year so that no one forgets the horrible events that still deeply shake mankind’s conscience, a testimony of the worst aberration that can be committed against humans,” Deputy Foreign Minister Jose Luis Cancela told EFE.
The commemoration “has the important pedagogic effect of preventing” genocide and highlighting the need for the international community “to adopt all the mechanisms necessary to avoid this type of situation,” Cancela said.
Israeli Ambassador to Uruguay Nina Ben-Ami, who attended the ceremony, warned about the persecution of Jews today.
“Unfortunately, anti-Semitism is a human disease that we have not eradicated yet and we suffer today in Europe and other parts of the world,” Ben-Ami told EFE.
“In Iran, there is an international context for the denial of the Holocaust,” the ambassador said.
Ten years ago, the United Nations established Jan. 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day to honor all victims of the Nazis on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1945.