“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
As the Chair of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF), I join the Lithuanian Prime Minister in strongly condemning the vandalism of the memorial to the victims of Nazism at the Ninth Fort in Kaunas, Lithuania on 11 April.
This act is especially shameful due to the fact that Lithuania's Parliament (Seimas) declared 2011 as the Year of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust in Lithuania. Such horrible acts of vandalism try to diminish both the memory of the victims and the meaning of the Holocaust for future generations, something that the ITF's 28 member countries are committed to upholding.
Emanuelis Zingeris, Chairman of the Lithuanian Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, has also issued a statement.