UNESCO Director-General renews commitment against anti-Semitism on the occasion of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel)

On the occasion of Yom HaShoah, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova reiterated the vital need to teach young generations about the history of the Holocaust to combat all forms of anti-Semitism and denial today.

"70 years ago, the Nazis were defeated but the poison of anti-Semitism and denial is still alive. We live in turbulent times, when we see the rise of new forms of anti-Semitism, drawing on distorted visions of culture and history, taking also the form of systematic and heinous acts of violence and intolerance. This calls for more unity, for more cooperation and for ever more determination from everyone", declared Irina Bokova.

In this spirit, UNESCO co-organized with the Simon Wiesenthal Centre a traveling exhibition on "The people, the book, the land, 3500 years of relations between the Jewish people and the Holy Land", to raise global awareness about the wealth of Jewish culture and the depth of its history.