The International Holocaust Remembrance Day marked in Sarajevo

January 28, 2017 8:45 AM

holocaustWith prayer for the victims, yesterday in the Jewish community in Sarajevo started commemoration of the 27th of January, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The UN General Assembly adopted the resolution on the marking of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on the session on the 1st of November 2005. For the date was selected the 27th of January, the day when the largest Nazi concentration camp in World War II Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland was liberated in 1945, where more than a million and a half people was killed.

The president of the Jewish Community in BiH, Jakob Finci, said that the memory of the Holocaust is also the memory of all innocent dead. He believes that more space in the schools should be given to the study of the Holocaust.

Finci notes that they give special importance of knowing and celebrating the holocaust in BiH, in a country that survived the genocide itself 60 years after the Holocaust and was the victim of the same suffering, whose only reason was nationality and religion.

Toni Pavloski from the Mission of the Council of Europe in Sarajevo said that this institution marks the day of the liberation of Auschwitz every year, expressing respect for the dead. He also said that this is an opportunity to remember other victims and the righteous among the nations. All of those who stand in defense of human life.

Eli Tauber from the Jewish community presented the history of the Holocaust and the persecution of Jewish people in BiH.

Speaking of BiH, he said that fewer Jews suffered here than in neighboring countries. This, according to him, also speaks about the respect of the local population for them.

In BiH were killed 66 to 70 % of Jews, 90 % in Serbia and 95 % in Croatia.

The holocaust represented the systematic and organized persecution of Jews committed by the Third Reich and its allies from 1,933 to 1,945. It had various forms, but the most common and most notorious was the mass capture of Jews and their stuffing in trains that brought them to the special concentration camps – the so-called death camps on the territory of Germany, Austria and Poland. It is estimated that the number of Jews killed in the holocaust is between five and six million.



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