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Remembering Holocaust Victims

Ljubljana, 27 January 2019 – Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, intended to commemorate all victims of the Holocaust and other acts of genocide that have violated the fundamental values of our civilisation, as well as to raise awareness in order to prevent such atrocities from happening again. Slovenia is an active member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which is committed to promoting education, research and remembrance about the Holocaust.

 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked on the date of liberation of the largest Nazi concentration and death camp on the territory of Poland, Auschwitz-Birkenau, after being under German occupation from 1939 to 1945. Among the Holocaust victims during World War II, an estimated 6 million were Jews. Around 60,000 Slovenians were sent to Nazi and fascist concentration camps; more than 12,000 never returned, including 587 Jews.

 

A series of events will take place in January all around Slovenia to commemorate victims of the Holocaust and the persecution perpetrated by the Nazi regime. The events are part of the project "Shoah – Let Us Remember 2019", launched by Maribor Synagogue in cooperation with numerous partners, and will be held in Maribor, Ljubljana, Ptuj, Koper, Lendava, Nova Gorica and Murska Sobota. Several Slovenian primary and secondary schools have prepared special programmes for Holocaust remembrance and education.

 

The Ministry actively supports the project "Shoah – Let Us Remember 2019", as well as other projects aimed at raising awareness of the need for tolerance and promoting respect, protection and the exercise of human rights. Raising public awareness of the need to respect human rights can lead to larger numbers of individuals respecting the rights of others, which will in turn build a tolerant society and prevent events that could trigger atrocities. Slovenia remains committed to the IHRA vision that states that a world that remembers the Holocaust is a world without genocide.

 

The "Shoah – Let Us Remember 2019” programme, including events for children and young people: 

http://www.sinagogamaribor.si/en/programme/2018-2/shoah-let-us-remember-2019/