Ministry memorial commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Photo: Czech Foreign Ministry

A memorial was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Prague in advance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On Thursday afternoon the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Prague held a memorial commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day (which falls on January 27) and the 80th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Lipavský, Ambassador of the State of Israel Anna Azari, and Ambassador of the United States of America Bijan Sabet were among those in attendance. Perhaps the most moving moment of the memorial was a talk given by Holocaust survivor Dita Krausová. Born in 1929 in Prague, Krausová and her family were deported to Terezín ghetto in November of 1942. After surviving the Holocaust, she and her husband emigrated to Israel. In a speech given by Minister Lipavský, he expressed the urgency to “defend and shape a democratic world in which we can live in peace and freedom, and which we can pass on to future generations.”