Members of the European Parliament stood for a minute of silence this morning to pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp.
Parliament President Josep Borrell said it was important never to forget what happened during World War II, where the Nazi regime under Adolf Hitler killed millions of Jews, homosexuals, Slavs, Gypsies and handicapped people.
“Everyone is surprised such a thing happened, but it did,” Borrell said. “It’s difficult to pay just memory to it. It is a battle against the weakness of memory, something which should never happen again. If we forget history, we are condemned to repeat it.”
The 732-parliament also sent a delegation of lawmakers to Krakow, Poland, to participate in the official commemorations at Auschwitz.
Also attending was European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.