#HolocaustRemembrance: “It falls to us” to carry the testimony of Holocaust survivors

The Secretary-General delivered remarks at a number of events marking the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust and stressed the need to “rise up against rising anti-Semitism”. In a ceremony at Park East Synagogue in New York on Saturday, he stated: “We will never forget what happened and we will never let it be forgotten by others. We will be watching for signs of genocide in our time. And we will always be ever at the forefront of the fight against anti-Semitism and hatred, and to strengthen all we do to uphold human dignity for all.” On Monday, at the annual commemoration ceremony at the United Nations, the Secretary-General highlighted the need to “fight the hatred that still plagues our world today.” He said that as the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles, “it falls to us all to carry their testimony to future generations.” The Secretary-General also opened an exhibit telling the stories of diplomats who, at great risk to themselves, helped Jews flee Nazi persecution. Descendants and family members of the diplomats and those they helped were present.   

Mr. Marian Turski, a Holocaust survivor, speaks at the UN’s Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony. UN Photo/ Loey Felipe

Remarks at United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony:https://bit.ly/2S9KHrQ

Remarks at Park East Synagogue Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony:https://bit.ly/2CX1qF5

Message on the International Day: https://bit.ly/2GjyN8v


Secretary-General’s message on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Charlemagne Prize 2019

The City of Aachen, Germany, announced that the Secretary-General will receive the 2019 Charlemagne Prize. In a tweet, he said he “deeply” believes in what the award represents: “unity in pursuit of common progress in Europe and beyond.”

Meeting with Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege

On Friday, the Secretary-General met Congolese doctor and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege, whom he called a “fearless defender of victims of sexual violence in conflict.”   In a tweet, the Secretary-General welcomed Dr. Mukwege’s initiative to start a global fund in support of survivors.


The Secretary-General with Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner and medical director of Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. UN Photo/ Evan Schneider

Statements and Messages

On the dam collapse in south-eastern Brazil: https://bit.ly/2Wyrcsc

On the terrorist attack in the Philippines: https://bit.ly/2HHjhp9

On the formation of a new Government in Lebanon: https://bit.ly/2sXXWxr

Senior Appointments

Lt. Gen Michael Anker Lollesgaard of Denmark as Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee and Head of the UN Mission in support of the Hodeidah Agreement: https://bit.ly/2CXcrGk

Ibrahim Thiaw of Mauritania as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification: https://bit.ly/2G1MTfg

Next Week

On Monday, the Secretary-General will speak at a Security Council high-level debate on mercenary activities in Africa.