PM Mitsotakis visits Auschwitz on Holocaust Memorial Day

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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, attended memorial events marking the 75th anniversary since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27th.

The Prime Minister attended a memorial service at the former concentration camp in Poland on Monday.

“I am greatly moved to come to this place, which has been identified more than any other with human barbarity. Truthfully, if there was a hell on this earth, then it was here,” Mitsotakis said, adding that his visit sought to pay tribute to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in WWII – including 65,000 Greek Jews, of which 55,000 had died in Auschwitz.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the New Democracy party visited the Jewish Museum of Greece, on occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

“75 years later, let us make a sacred commitment not to forget what happened to Auschwitz. Let us not forget that hatred, discrimination, and intolerance have no place in our Republic. Never let humanity experience such an untold tragedy again,” wrote Kyriakos Mitsotakis on social media.

Greek foreign ministry announcement

The Greek foreign ministry also released a statement emphasising the need to “fight against the attempt to wilfully trivialize or even deny the blackest page in modern European history,” and to honour the memory of millions of Jews, including Greeks, that “fell victim to the most heinous crime in modern history”.

The full statement is given below:

“Today is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the allied powers; an anniversary that honours the memory of the millions of Jews who were exterminated with an industrial brutality never seen before, in the concentration and death camps of the Nazi regime.

International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust is also a day of responsibility and duty for us all to fight against the attempt to wilfully trivialise or even deny the blackest page in modern European history.

Today, Greece honours the memory of the millions of Jews, Greeks and non-Greeks, who fell victim to the most heinous crime in modern history. It also honours the survivors of the Shoah, acknowledging the indelible wounds to their souls and minds, and the heroic selflessness of the people who protected those persecuted mercilessly by the racial paranoia of the Nazi totalitarian regime.

Together with millions of other Jews, the Greek Jews and Jewish communities of Greece fell victim to an inconceivable barbarity that nearly brought about their extinction. The memory of these tragic events will remain indelible and alive. We all have a duty to keep these memories alive as a bulwark against any form of anti-Semitism, racism or intolerance, and as something new generations must avoid.

Since 2005, Greece has been a full member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and, under the Stockholm Declaration, undertook the responsibility to preserve the collective memory our fellow human beings who died in the Holocaust. Greece’s upcoming presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, in 2021, is practical recognition of its role in combating anti-Semitism and defending historical truth.

Greece will continue to fight racism, intolerance, discrimination, intimidation and xenophobia. It will continue to honour and protect the memory of those who were lost, and it is committed to working ceaselessly to ensure that those who lost their lives are never forgotten and that humanity never again experiences such horrors, the Foreign Ministry statement said on Monday.”

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