UN Holds Holocaust Memorial Service
By Peter Heinlein
United Nations
29 January 2007

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The United Nations has held observances to mark the International Day of Commemoration of Victims of the Holocaust. VOA’s correspondent at the U.N. Peter Heinlein reports.

The U.N. General Assembly Hall was filled Monday with Holocaust survivors, along with relatives and friends of victims. They were there to observe the second annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, dedicated to teaching young people about the dangers of hatred, bigotry and racism.

Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Dan Gillerman, reminded the visitors that they were sitting in the same seats where, in 1975, General Assembly delegates adopted a resolution equating Zionism and racism.

He said, “Your presence here today, filling this very hall, where only 30 years ago, Zionism was equated with racism, is the ultimate answer to all the evil rhetoric, and the ultimate victory of good over evil.”

The Zionism-equals-racism resolution was eventually revoked in 1991 by an overwhelming majority of the Assembly.

The current Assembly President, Sheikha Haya Rashed al-Khalifa, called the Holocaust a “unique evil,” with consequences that reverberate in the present.