On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, established by the United Nations on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp, the international community must reflect on this tragic past. And it must do so with the purpose of keeping the newer generations – as they remember the assassination of more than 6 million Jews and members of many other groups – alert against anti-Semitic and racist manifestations and all forms of discrimination, exclusion and injustice.
We pay tribute to the victims and the survivors of the Holocaust, to those who had to deal with the greatest of all torments. We also recall the courage of those who risked their lives to save lives, such as Brazilians Luiz Martins de Souza Dantas and Aracy de Carvalho Guimarães Rosa.
May the memory of the sacrifice of so many families, victims of an unparalleled crime, remain present in our minds and hearts, so that the repetition of the conditions that led to the Shoah be avoided, and the principles of respect for human dignity and peaceful coexistence amongst peoples be a reality for all.