Israeli president decries world silence in face of Nazi Holocaust (AFP-FRANCE PRESSE) AUSCHWITZ, Poland 01/27/05 1:22 PM ET)
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AUSCHWITZ, Poland (AFP) - Israel´s President Moshe Katsav deplored
the world´s silence as the Nazis murdered millions of European Jews,
in a speech at Auschwitz commemorating the liberation of the death
factory 60 years ago.
Katsav called the death camp "the largest graveyard of the Jewish
people" as he spoke to thousands of guests from at least 44 countries
in the bitter cold at Auschwitz-Birkenau, drawing parallels with
rising attacks and insults against Jews in modern Europe.
"Sixty years later, we face a re-emergence of anti-Semitism in
Europe. Is it possible that the deterrent power of the Shoah
"The answer is in the hands of Europe´s leaders, it is in the hands
of the educators and the historians," he stressed.
"The world knew about the destruction of the European Jewry, but
remained silent," the Israeli president said in the swirling snow and
bitter cold at Auschwitz, where an estimated 1.1 million Jews lost
"Day and night and with unfailing precision, the Germans conducted a
genocide industry, a killing factory for the murder of our people in
Europe," he said.
"On this day, on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the
Auschwitz-Birkenau, we feel closer than ever to the victims and the
survivors. On this day we draw closer to our human heritage, to
mankind´s morality, to the divine command."
Katsav warned of the emergence of new and dangerous doctrines in the
21st century, "false doctrines which are based on ignorance,
brainwashing, incitement, hatred, blindness, deceit and
falsification, on coercion and on base instinct, on totalitarianism,
on the exploitation of democracy to achieve dictatorship, on
terrorism and bloodshed, on crematoria and fire, on murderous
"The world leadership is responsible for the fate of humanity," he
concluded. (Copyright © 2005 Agence France Presse. 01/27/05)
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