Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis pays tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, calls for renouncing hatred to ensure that such atrocities never happen again
On 8 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis took part in a procession dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust and in the Holocaust memorial ceremony in Alytus. Lithuania's Foreign Minister stressed that the Holocaust was the greatest tragedy in the 20th-century Europe and its scale in Lithuania was appalling.
“Our hatred of those who think otherwise or look different from us creates preconditions for such crimes as the Holocaust. We must renounce our hatred, so that such atrocities are never allowed to happen again," said the Foreign Minister.
When addressing the students attending the event, Landsbergis noted that the participation of young people in such commemorations was important to ensure that the memory of the Holocaust and its victims was preserved and passed down from generation to generation.
The Holocaust commemoration took place at a memorial site in the Vidzgiris forest, Alytus, as a part of the national project “The Road of Memory 1941-2021”. The project was initiated by the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania and the Tolerance Centre. It is dedicated to the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust in Lithuania. The commemorative events will take place until December 2021.