Holocaust Remembrance Day marked in Ljubljana
Ljubljana/Ljubno ob Savinji, 20 January - The WWII Veterans' Association hosted in Ljubljana on Sunday a high-profile commemoration marking the upcoming International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was attended by President Borut Pahor, who pointed to the importance of co-existence and tolerance, as reported by the public Radio Slovenija.
"It seems to me that this is the right answer to the situation in which the world has found itself in now, including Europe," the president said at the ceremony in the Kino Šiška arts centre.
"'Never again' is still a very topical inspiration for all those who think that it is not necessary only to remember, but also to work on be an example in the protection of this tolerance and co-existence, to reject hatred and inspire the young generations with the good."
The keynote speaker was University of Ljubljana professor emeritus Maca Jogan, who was looking for an answer to the question of how the acts of the Holocaust could be possible at all and "how the producers of evil are being morally disburdened today".
According to Radio Slovenija, Jogan said that the process of relativisation of the past events had been taking place in Slovenia for three decades, "spreading peacefully in the name of the freedom of speech, while targeting the national liberation fight."
This is why International Holocaust Remembrance Day is necessary, added the professor who was born in the Lössnitz labour camp.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a memorial day on 27 January commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust. It was declared with a UN resolution to mark the day in 1945 of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp.