Turkey Commemorates Holocaust VictimsDiplomatic Channel | January 30, 2015, Friday // 12:57| views
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, photo by EPA/BGNES
Commemorating the Holocaust victims, Turkey is calling on the international community to participate in the efforts to increase awareness of the Holocaust so that such a tragedy never occurs in the future.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement on its website on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of The International Holocaust Remembrance Day, conveying condolences to the relatives of the millions of innocent people who lost their lives in the death camps.
“We hope that every person develops an understanding of the Holocaust, which constitutes one of the darkest times of human history, and will consider the importance of working together so that such a tragedy, and the conditions that made this inconceivable crime possible, will never reemerge. However, we observe that anti-Semitism, which formed a basis for the inhuman Nazi ideology, still survives today and therefore we believe in the importance of fighting tirelessly against this phenomenon” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry states.
“Turkey has been participating in the activities of the "International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance"(IHRA) as an observer country since 2008. In this capacity, we carry out a number of activities aimed at raising the awareness of our citizens about the Holocaust and we reinforce our efforts in this direction with a variety of educational activities,” according to the media statement.
“Turkey exerted immense efforts to avoid entering into the war, stood up against the monstrous oppression implemented by the Nazi regime, and opened its doors in the 1930’s to hundreds of scientists and artists fleeing from Germany and Austria when the Nazi regime started to subject the Jews to discriminatory policies in these countries. We will always remember with gratitude these people, who rendered remarkable contributions to the academic life of Turkey,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry notes.
“Turkey tried to help innocent people as much as possible during the years of World War II when the Holocaust was cruelly put into practice. Turkish diplomats serving in some European countries at that time managed to save a considerable number of people from being taken to the concentration and death camps by displaying great examples of courage,” the press release states.
“Turkey, which maintains that international relations need to be conducted on a more humanitarian basis and always adopts a principled attitude on humanitarian issues, clearly enunciates its sensitivity in all humanitarian matters, including the Holocaust, on every occasion,” the media statement of the Ministry says.
“We wish that all these activities will provide ample opportunities to enhance the awareness against the Holocaust and other human tragedies, and such atrocities will never reoccur in the future,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry concludes.
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