Moscow, January 27, Interfax - Candles in memory of the victims of Nazism were lit on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow.
The ceremony was attended by diplomats, Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia Alexander Boroda, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, and others.
"We remember the tragedy of the Holocaust, not only paying tribute to the memory of the dead and honoring the heroes who opposed Nazism. We remember the events of the Second World War for our own sake and for the sake of the future of our children. We remind ourselves what evil looks like, so that when faced with it, God save us, we do not become either a victim or an executioner," Rabbi Boroda said during the ceremony.
However, in his opinion, in Russia and around the world, people, representatives of various faiths, views and interests, have already come to a common understanding of the unacceptability of extremism, racial hatred and genocide.
"We have witnessed the emergence and participation of an essential ideological force capable of resisting radical provisions on intolerance. It was precisely such a force that wasn't enough eighty years ago, when the unification of people became, on the contrary, the key to disaster, when the so-called "Jewish question" was solved by the Nazis at the Wannsee Conference without the attention of the world community," the rabbi said.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Day celebrated annually on January 27 according to the UN resolution, was established in memory of the liberation by Soviet troops of prisoners of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. It was the largest Nazi death camp, where 1.4 million people were killed during the war, 1.1 million of whom were Jews.