Commemoration of Holocaust victims at NATO Headquarters

  • 27 Jan. 2021 -
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  • Last updated: 29 Jan. 2021 09:54

Speaking at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels today (27 January 2021), NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană said that Allies remember the horrendous atrocities of the Holocaust.

NATO flags halmast in commemoration of the Holocaust.

Mr. Geoană said that NATO works for a safer world where hatred and antisemitism have no place, and where people from different nationalities, backgrounds and religions can defend human dignity for all. 

“NATO was created to uphold these values. It is our duty to protect them against those trying to undermine our way of life and it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to respect and live up to those values. We owe it to the millions who suffered and died in concentration camps. We owe it to ourselves and to the next generations. Never again,” the Deputy Secretary General said. 

The Deputy Secretary General spoke at a ceremony hosted by the Italian and Polish delegations to NATO in partnership with the World Jewish Congress. Two art exhibitions were unveiled: an art-installation “Dandelions” by Carla Chiusano, and a selection of art (mostly paintings and drawings) of former Auschwitz prisoners  (“The experience of Auschwitz in the art of prisoners”), lent by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in Poland. The flags of all 30 NATO Allies are at half-mast today.