The United Nations held a special ceremony to pay homage to the six million Jews and countless others slaughtered in the Nazi death camps of the Second World War, stressing that the drive to prevent a repetition of such horror was one of the reasons the Organization was founded. “Let us remember: the United Nations was created, in part, to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “As United Nations Secretary-General, I never forget this fundamental mission.”
This year’s theme paid special tribute to the suffering of women, and Mr. Ban highlighted the role played by the mothers and daughters, grandmothers, sisters and aunts. “They saw their lives irrevocably changed, their families separated and killed, their traditions shattered,” he declared.
“Yet, despite appalling acts of cruelty, they consistently found ways to fight back against their persecutors. They joined the resistance, rescued those in peril, smuggled food into ghettos and sacrificed to keep their children alive. Their courage continues to inspire.”