UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day
On behalf of the Prime Minister, I attended a moving commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz at the Makara Cemetery in Wellington. Hon Chris Finlayson is attending the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Poland with the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Hon Annette King.
After a welcome by David Zwartz, Susan Arons lit a memorial candle on behalf of the Council of Jewish Women. Mayor Celia Wade Brown, and Dame Susan Devoy spoke in remembrance with holocaust survivors, their families and the Jewish community of Wellington.
As the Hon Chris Finlayson has said “We must never forget the atrocities that took place during the Second World War, every year there are fewer Holocaust survivors and, as the Holocaust slips out of living memory, we must ensure their memories live on – unaltered and undoctored – for future generations.
“Just as we recoiled at the horror of the events in Paris earlier this month, we must continue to condemn racism and anti-Semitism. This day serves as a stark reminder of a history that must never be repeated.
“Former Auschwitz prisoners, other Holocaust survivors and representativesrom countries around the world will attend the main commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz in front of the Death Gate of Auschwitz II–Birkenau.
Our thoughts are with the New Zealand Jewish community today as we pay tribute to the memory of the millions who suffered under the Nazi regime.