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Day of Remembrance in memory of the victims of the Holocaust: 'It was to prevent such atrocities that our Organisation was founded', PACE President says

“Almost 80 years ago, in March 1945, a fifteen-and-a-half-year-old girl named Anne Frank perished in the Bergen-Belsen camp. Without the diary she wrote between the ages of 13 and 15, Anne's fate would be indistinguishable from that of the one and a half million children who vanished under similar circumstances. Through this diary, Anne Frank's remarkable testimony has emerged from obscurity, laying bare to the world the violence and horror that war sows”, PACE President Theodoros Rousopoulos said today during the ceremony organised in on the occasion of International Day of Commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust.

“I am particularly disheartened because if we fail to safeguard our children today, lasting peace will remain unattainable anywhere on this planet. During this session, the Parliamentary Assembly will conduct two crucial debates focusing on children, specifically addressing the situation of Ukrainian children. I also had the honour of inaugurating the exhibition "War Diaries: The Unheard Voices of Ukrainian Children", but the subject saddens me so much”, the PACE President added.

“Today, we pay homage to the Holocaust victims, never forgetting that it was precisely to prevent such atrocities that our Organisation was founded in 1949. The monument, installed in front of the main entrance to the Palais de l'Europe, serves as a perpetual reminder of our mission every time we enter this Palais”, Mr Rousopoulos concluded.