On the occasion of “International Holocaust Remembrance Day”, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, is joining in the commemoration and remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust, so that the memory of this genocide – an unprecedented crime in the history of mankind – may remain alive in the younger generations as well.
“This Day not only requires us to remember the death, the suffering and horrors endured by so many innocent people,” said the Minister, “but is a wake-up call to prevent and combat every kind of racism, anti-Semitism, discrimination and intolerance. Unfortunately, we are witnessing growing and worrying resurgences of anti-Semitism in different areas of the world, as well as widespread attempts to trivialise, deny and distort the Holocaust, which are fuelled by old and new stereotypes – as amplified also in the digital space. In the face of these alarming trends, Italy is determined to remain ever vigilant and to intensify its efforts to preserve the Memory of the Holocaust.”
According to Tajani, “Knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust, and the fight against any form of denial and distortion of this immense tragedy, are essential for preserving the founding values of the Italian Republic and of our common European home, which was built on common Judeo-Christian roots.”
As a confirmation of this unwavering commitment, Italy adopted the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, of which it is proudly a member) definition of anti-Semitism, and strongly supported the UN General Assembly resolution on the denial and distortion of the Holocaust, promoted by Israel and Germany and adopted on 20 January 2021 – the 80th anniversary of the disgraceful Wannsee Conference, envisaging the so-called “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”.