Commemoration of the victims of the Shoah: Emmanuel Macron insists on the importance of the work of memory

The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, participated Thursday in the annual ceremony organized by the Union of Auschwitz deportees to pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust in Paris. 

On Thursday January 27, on the occasion of the international day dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, French President Emmanuel Macron rekindled the flame under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, alongside two survivors of the Shoah.

The Head of State is the first President of the Republic to participate in this annual ceremony organized by the Union of Auschwitz deportees (UDA), according to members.

He rekindled the flame in the presence of Esther Senot, deported at the age of 15 in September 1943, and Victor Perahia, deported to Bergen-Belsen. He also paid tribute to Raphaël Esrail, the president of the UDA, who died on Saturday at the age of 96 in Lannion.

In video published by the Elysée, Emmanuel Macron insists on the need for remembrance work on the Holocaust.

Quoting Simone Veil, "We, the last survivors, we have the right, and even the duty, to warn you and to ask you that the 'never again' of our comrades becomes a reality", the president recalls the importance of "speech against oblivion" and "the duty to transmit".

"To remain faithful to this promise made to the survivors," said the president, "we must continue tirelessly to keep the memory of the victims alive." It is also “relentlessly” that Emmanuel Macron believes that we must “continue to act very concretely on a daily basis” against anti-Semitism. "It's a fight not to repeat the atrocities of the past," he added.

He indicates that initiatives will be taken “in the coming weeks”, within the framework of the French presidency of the Council of the EU, to “fight against all forms of discrimination and reaffirm the specificity of anti-Semitism”.

Camille Westphal Perrier (with AFP)

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