Holocaust denial is the work of bigots: Kofi Annan
27 January 2006, NEW YORK - The world should remember the deaths of millions of Jews and ethnic minorities in Nazi death camps "with shame and horror, for as long as human memory continues," UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message released on Friday.
27 January 2006
NEW YORK - The world should remember the deaths of millions of Jews and ethnic minorities in Nazi death camps "with shame and horror, for as long as human memory continues," UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message released on Friday.
The message to the first commemorative service of the Holocaust in the UN General Assembly said, "Holocaust denial is the work of bigots."
"We must reject their false claims whenever, wherever and by whomever they are made," Annan said, adding that remembering the tragedy of 6 million Jews and millions of minorities killed during World War II in Nazi Germany would be a safeguard for the future.
"As the Holocaust recedes in time, and as the number of survivors dwindles, it falls on us - the current generation - to carry the torch of remembrance and uphold the cause of human dignity," he said.
Annan was attending the World Economic Forum this week in Davos, Switzerland, and could not attend the assembly meeting in New York on Friday. The special session is called International Day of Commemoration in memory of victims of the Holocaust.
The session marked a significant change in the UN General Assembly, which for decades had been dominated by the large voting blocs of Arab and non-aligned countries, which are opposed to Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The assembly designated January 27 as a commemorative day for the Holocaust and to mark the liberation of the Nazi-held Auschwitz death camp in Poland by Soviet troops in the last months of World War II.
UN members will speak on issues related to the Holocaust during the one-day session, enhanced by a chorale from Boston that will perform the renowned album: "Hear our voices: Songs from ghettos and camps."
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Subject: German news