A Tribute to Victims Of The Holocaust

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs authorities participated in a tribute to victims of the Holocaust at the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala.

by Domenika Reyes

Guatemala -AGN – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs -Minex- participated today in a tribute to the Holocaust in the Congress of the Republic as part of the commemoration of Holocaust Day.

The Jewish community in Guatemala, deputies, and members of the Parliamentary Friendship League were also present at the act of remembrance.

In addition, the commemoration clearly demonstrated support for the people of Israel, with messages such as ‘We remember,’ regarding the historical event.

UNESCO and other international institutions pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust every January 27 and reaffirm their commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism.

In this way, it aspires to fight racism and all other forms of intolerance that lead to violence against certain groups.

January 27 commemorates the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, in occupied Polish territories in 1945.

This date was officially stated as the  International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust in November 2005.

Thousands of people of different  nationalities, creeds, and political views died in the concentration camps.

UN Ceremony

Today, the United Nations (UN) pays tribute to the victims and remember their memory.

Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications of the United Nations, hosted the ceremony.

Guest speakers include the UN Secretary-General, the President of the 77th session of the General Assembly, and the Permanent Representatives of Israel and the United States before the UN.

The participation of speakers and Holocaust survivors is expected, as well as a violin concert and a memorial prayer to honor thousands of fallen Jewish victims.


The Holocaust affected the countries where the Nazi crimes were committed but also had repercussions in other parts of the world.

Nearly 80 years after the events, the Member States share the responsibility to address the remaining traumas. Also, to maintain actions for proper commemoration, preserve historical sites, and promote education, documentation, and research.

Finally, the commemoration also seeks to eradicate hatred, build peace and protect humanity.

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