President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President will attend the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp

2020-01-21

On 27 January, President Gitanas Nausėda will attend the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland.

The event hosted by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum where 120 state leaders are expected is under the patronage of Polish President Andrzej Duda. The ceremony will focus on the survivors who had gone through the atrocities of the Holocaust in Auschwitz – their testimonies still remind us of one of the greatest tragedies in human history.

“I leave for a symbolic place – the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp – to pay homage to the millions of Jews whose lives were destroyed by the Holocaust during World War II. I also bow to the two hundred thousand Jews who were Lithuanian nationals. We must honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, strive for historical justice and, at the same time, do our utmost to resist any form of hatred”, the President said before the visit.

Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis and the delegation should also attend the Holocaust commemoration.

Founded in the Nazi Germany-occupied territory of Poland, Auschwitz was the largest concentration and extermination camp. During 1940-1945 about 1.5 million people of different nationalities were killed there. The remaining survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp were released on January 27, 1945.

The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp is also commemorated in other cities around the world. On January 23, the fifth World Holocaust Forum will take place in Jerusalem, where Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis will represent the Republic of Lithuania at the request of the President. Victims of the Holocaust will be honored and wreaths laid at the Yad Vashem Memorial Museum during this commemoration ceremony.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2020.01.21 11:11

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