On the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for countering anti-Semitism, which is gaining momentum with the spread of conspiracy theories on social media. The relevant statement was published on the Commission's website.
"I am worried to see more hatred towards Jews again, in Europe and beyond. The times of the pandemic have fuelled a rise of conspiracy theories and disinformation, often promoting antisemitic narratives. We see a worrying rise of Holocaust distortion and denial," Leyen noted.
She also noted that the commission would come forward with a strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life in Europe later that year.
As we reported earlier, this day, in 1945, the Soviet forces released the Auschwitz concentration camp (Oświęcim-Birkenau) in Poland from the Nazis, discovering there the largest ‘factory’ for the destruction of people in the territory of occupied Europe.
The UN General Assembly adopted Resolution #60/7 on November 1, 2005, that announced January 27 to be the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.