Conference in Brussels for the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

date: 27 January 2014

On the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is organizing an international conference in Brussels on 30 March and 1 April.

27 January is the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp. In this camp, which stands as a symbol of the Holocaust, and in many other camps and places of execution, the Nazis and their collaborators killed six million Jews, but also Roma, Sinti, political prisoners and homosexuals.

27 January also pays tribute to those people who survived the horror. They play a decisive role in educating new generations and keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. Their testimonies and stories must be passed on so that the suffering of millions of people is not forgotten.

On this day, a central place is reserved for tolerance, human rights and the fight against discrimination, racism and anti-Semitism. For Didier Reynders, these fundamental values constitute the best guarantee for avoiding mass atrocities and genocides such as the Holocaust.

Belgium chaired the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in 2012 and 2013.