The Shoah and its countless victims will be remembered today as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day. EP president Martin Schulz stressed the day's importance in a speech: “Evil exists every day and therefore we have to be visible and prudent every day and every moment.” He also said that the EU exists as a result and as an answer to what happened in Europe in the first half of the 20th century.
The European and International Holocaust Remembrance Day is held every year on 27 January, the anniversary of when the Red Army liberated Auschwitz. This week Mr Schulz inaugurated the Raoul Wallenberg room at the European Parliament in honour of the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews from gas chambers such as the ones in Auschwitz. During the ceremony he announced that Holocaust Remembrance Day will be introduced as an annual event in Parliament's calendar.
After noting that Jews are still living in fear in Europe, Mr Schulz said: "Those who are strong, and especially those who have a public responsibility must have the courage in our times to stand up wherever and whenever a racist, an anti-Semite, raises his voice."