Parliamentary questions
16 December 2014
Question for oral answer O-000096/2014
to the Council
Rule 128
Charles Goerens, Cecilia Wikström, Louis Michel, Frédérique Ries, Michael Theurer, Nathalie Griesbeck, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Angelika Mlinar, Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, Ivan Jakovčić, Johannes Cornelis van Baalen, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, Marielle de Sarnez, Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea, Dominique Riquet, on behalf of the ALDE Group

 Subject: 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp

‘The executioner always kills twice, the second time by silence.’ (Elie Wiesel)

As the collective memory begins to fade with the deaths of those who escaped the concentration camps, responsibility should now pass to the ‘Duty of History’. This is all the more important at a time when expressions of anti-Semitism and even Holocaust denial are on a worryingly upward trend. It is therefore essential that the Member States actively promote the inclusion of the Holocaust in history syllabuses and provide the appropriate teaching materials.

1. Have the Member States agreed to widely deploy and further refine their Holocaust teaching materials?

2. Given that the ‘Duty of History’ should be based on incontrovertible historical evidence, is it not time for the Commission to translate the Nuremberg Trial proceedings into all EU languages?

Original language of question: FR
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