International Day of the Holocaust of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust was marked in Ashgabat

International Day of the Holocaust of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust was marked in Ashgabat

The thematic exhibition in honour of International Day of Commemoration in memory of victims of the Holocaust which is marked on January 27 was organised in the United Nations building in Ashgabat.

On the same day in 1945 the Soviet armies liberated one of the most terrible concentration and extermination camps Auschwitz-Birkenau, which more known as Auschwitz. In its territory some millions persons the majority of whom was Jews, were killed.

– The Holocaust began a turning point in history, which induced the world to say «never more». In 2020 the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz, and also creation of the United Nations Organization based in response to brutal crimes of the Holocaust and the Second World War is marked, – Elena Panova, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan told in her opening speech.

The theme of Day of this year sounds so: «75 years after Auschwitz – Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice». It reflects the importance of combined actions against anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred for maintenance of human rights all over the world after so many years of this tragedy.

The works presented at the photo-exhibition help to understand more deeply the value of “Auschwitz”, and dip into the atmosphere of that difficult time for mankind.

– We have taken some lessons from the Holocaust, – Ayala Meitav, Consul of the Embassy of Israel in Turkmenistan told. – The most important thing is we have understood the importance of self-defence. We have also realized that in hard times people show human solidarity, opposing hatred and violence. As the daughter of immigrants from Eastern Europe, I express my gratitude to the countries of Central Asia, including Turkmenistan, which opened their doors to the Jewish immigrants, escaping from cruelty of the Holocaust. These countries served as a refuge for my mother, who lived in Central Asia, and then moved to Israel.

To remember the Holocaust is important not only for the fact that it is better to understand the past, but also to prevent repetition of a similar genocide. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights born from “ashes” of the Holocaust in 1948 confirms that all people are equal, human rights and dignity have a basic value.

Ayna Berdiyeva