International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust and for the Prevention of Crimes against Humanity (January 27, 2012)



On this International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust and for the Prevention of Crimes against Humanity, France remembers the victims, and its thoughts go to their descendants.

France is determined to fulfill the duty to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and to pass this knowledge on to new generations in France and throughout the world. Within the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Mr. François Zimeray, is the Human Rights Ambassador responsible for the international dimension of the Holocaust.

France also actively supports the “Aladdin Project” launched at UNESCO in 2009, which aims to increase awareness of the Holocaust throughout the world, notably by translating certain major texts into Arabic, such as Primo Levi’s “If This Is a Man.” This initiative became a reality thanks to the Foundation for the Memory of the Holocaust which plays an invaluable role.

While the direct witnesses of the Holocaust have, for the most part, already died, the international community has a duty to keep its memory alive so that humankind never experiences such a tragedy again.

This duty to remember is a collective responsibility. We must reject all forms of trivialization. By remembering the Holocaust we are reminded of the barbarity of which man is capable, but we are also reminded of the acts of resistance and solidarity between human beings faced with the horror of extermination.

This is the message France aims to convey on this International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust and for the Prevention of Crimes against Humanity.