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Horrors of Auschwitz must never be forgotten

27 January, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald has today said that the horrors of the holocaust must be used to "educate young people and remind them of the dangers of racism".

Ms McDonald was speaking on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, were a special ceremony took place today, to remember millions of Jews exterminated during the Second World War. Ms McDonald made her comments following the passing of a resolution in the European Parliament to remember all the victims of the holocaust.

Speaking from Brussels Ms McDonald said:

"We should not consign the horrors of the holocaust to the pages of history or commemoration ceremonies. The holocaust should be used to educate people, particularly the younger generations of the immense suffering of the Jews, homosexuals, Gypsies, people with disabilities and all of those whom the Nazi's deemed inferior and worthless. Even after the most unimaginable human suffering, neo-nazi and fascist groups flourish in some areas of Europe today.

"We must also remember that racism and intolerance are alive and well in Ireland. Violent attacks against ethnic minority communities are on the rise today. Eliminating such abuses of human and civil rights is the responsibility of us all, and I would call upon all political and civic leaders to reaffirm their commitment to this.

"The legacy of the holocaust should be about reflecting on a dark past but also a determination to oppose racism and intolerance wherever we may come across it in our daily lives. Education remains the key to much of this." ENDS

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