sunnuntai 29. tammikuuta 2012

Remembering the Holocaust should not be a mere ritual (RT 29 January, 2012)

In Moscow, on 26 January 2012, representatives from over 40 different countries convened the conference “World without Nazism”. A broad, authoritative representation came from the US. All the speakers had a common concern with the Holocaust memorial, a serious lesson, that the Holocaust would never again be repeated through national ardor and obsession, discrimination or xenophobia.

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The speaker of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, brought examples of populist political groups and religious extremists.

"Democracy must be able to protect itself. Extremist groups want to win the young people over to their side. This tendency is very dangerous. The Red Army opened the Auschwitz-Birkenau Extermination Camp and the people came back to life from hell”, Matvienko said. Many of my friends told to me they admired Matvienko’s speech.

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The head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, said that “remembering the Holocaust should not be a mere ritual, but people should start to think that the confrontations between nationalities would not come back again."

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin pointed out that all such developments which can lead to wars between nations should be stopped at an early stage. "You should talk a lot for co-operation between the nations."

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