Special message by Martin Schulz

In light of the commitment of the European Jewish Congress to promoting tolerance and combating racism, it was with great pleasure that I granted the high patronage of the European Parliament to this major European event.

The European Parliament has always been a fierce defender of democracy and respect for all human beings, regardless of their ethnicity, religions or beliefs, and highly values its cooperation with the European Jewish Congress in raising awareness of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day has been established as an annual event, but there is still a need to stress that democratic standards, tolerance and the right of all people to be viewed and respected first and foremost as individuals should be common practice.

What we have learnt from the past – from the horrors committed in the name of a belief that one’s race or nation is better than all others, and from the Holocaust more particularly – is that such ideas easily lead to monstrous crimes against humanity.

As a tribute to all the victims, it is our duty not to allow it ever to happen again.