Six million Jews exterminated by Nazi Germany during the Second World War were remembered on Wednesday, 30 January in a Solemn Session at Panamanian Senate.
The session opened with a minute of silence in memory of the victims, followed by the Secretary-General’s message delivered by the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Panama City, stressing that "an act like this cannot be forgotten by the world".
Israeli Ambassador Alexander Galilee, said that "with this commemoration, we pay tribute to the men, women, children and infants who suffered unimaginable forms of aberration and denigration to extermination. It also pays tribute to those who risked their lives by hiding, and saving, millions of Jews".
Ambassador Galilee called on education authorities to deepen the Holocaust in school the curricula so “that through knowledge, human beings can avoid a cruel fact like the holocaust".
The Senate's President ended the Solemn Ceremony reminding the public in general that the theme selected by the UN this year "Rescue during the Holocaust: the Courage to Care”, reminds everyone widespread barbarism, it not everyone’s heart was polluted “fear and indifference of the majority did not stop some people with courage and values who refused to remain with arms crossed".
The formal session ended with the lighting of the candles ceremony with musical background alluding to the Holocaust.
The acts of remembrance culminated in the transfer of a traveling plaque commemorating the victims, as a living testimony of Holocaust survivors, to the United Nations through UNIC.
The plaque, shaped as a star of David, contained the handprints of Mr Simon Burstein, a Holocaust survivor, and his descendants who have resided in Panama since 1982.
UNIC will display the plaque throughout the month of February, as it also provides speeches on the Holocaust to a variety of audiences.