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24 January 2020, 15:42

Belarus hailed as example of how to preserve memory of Holocaust victims

Alon Shoham. Archive photo
Alon Shoham. Archive photo

MINSK, 24 January (BelTA) – Belarus honors and preserves the memory of Holocaust victims, Ambassador of Israel to Belarus Alon Shoham told journalists, BelTA has learned.

“I believe Belarus is a good example to other countries,” the ambassador said.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked on 27 January. “A lot of commemorative events are held around the world on this day. It is important for us to see that the Holocaust is remembered. It is important for us to honor the people who saved Jews, those who risked their lives doing it. We want to tell the whole world about these people, who we call Righteous Among the Nations,” Ambassador Alon Shoham said.

So far, around 800 Belarusians have been recognized as the Righteous Among the Nations. “The process of awarding the title is a long one, the stories of these people are subject to scrutiny. Several more Righteous Among the Nations will be honored during a ceremony in the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War History on 27 January. This is a very prestigious award. The living Righteous and their families are invited to attend such ceremonies,” Ambassador Alon Shoham said.

According to him, Belarus and Israel closely cooperate in a lot of areas. “The Belarusian people and the Jewish community in Belarus cooperate well. We trace our roots to this land, this is why it is much easier to organize events here,” the ambassador added.

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