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Press Release Regarding The International Day Of Commemoration In Memory Of The Victims Of The Holocaust , 26.01.2010

In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated by consensus 27th of January as the annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. This date marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

Condemning the Holocaust as the most grave and unprecedented crime against humanity throughout history, taking necessary precautions to prevent genocides in the future and promoting the endeavours to educate new generations are not only a duty of every member state of the U.N, but also an obligation to humanity.

Stemming from its belief in mutual understanding, tolerance, freedom, security and democracy, Turkey is resolute to continue its stance to prevent anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination.

Hereby, we also respectfully remember our diplomats serving in various cities in Europe during the Second World War, who risked their lives with no hesitation to protect the persons targeted by the Nazi regime and save them from the Holocaust.