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International Day of Commemoration

International Day of Commemoration

Published on January 27, 2011
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust and the Prevention of Crimes against Humanity - Statement issued by Michèle Alliot-Marie, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, January 27, 2011

On this International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust and the Prevention of Crimes against Humanity, France remembers the victims, and its thoughts go to their descendants.

We are absolutely determined to rise to the challenge of ensuring Holocaust awareness and of passing this knowledge on to new generations in France and around the world.

Eyewitnesses are gradually disappearing. We all therefore have a duty to keep the memory alive and to protest against all forms of trivialization.

When I visited the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem last week, I understood, once again, how important it is for us to maintain our vigilance, in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and in
order to prevent crimes against humanity.

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