ATHENS — "The Holocaust is the most extreme manifestation of evil in human history and the most painful legacy of the twentieth century," the President of the Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said on Wednesday after the laying of a wreath at the Holocaust Memorial of Greek Jews Victims of the Holocaust.
In her statement, Sakellaropoulou stressed that "with awe, respect and deep emotion today I paid tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust" and spoke of "a heinous crime against millions of innocent people, who were killed not for something they did, but for what they were, for their racial identity. A genocide committed with the greatest coldness and systematicity. "
She also noted that "the Holocaust concerns us all, not just the Jewish people" and added that "it constantly puts our historical conscience, our moral conscience, to the test. No one is immune to barbarism."
She concluded that "the cultivation of historical memory, the shielding against hate speech and the vigilance for the preservation of democracy and human dignity, are our bulwark against the onslaught of evil."
"Ιn Auschwitz was murdered the freedom, the logic and the dignity. The human nature itself" stated Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in a post on twitter referring to the Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Στο Άουσβιτς δολοφονήθηκε η ελευθερία, η λογική, η αξιοπρέπεια. Η ίδια η φύση του ανθρώπου. Τιμούμε τη μνήμη των Εβραίων και ιδιαίτερα των συμπατριωτών μας που χάθηκαν στο Ολοκαύτωμα. Η μνήμη γίνεται συνεχής επαγρύπνηση και δράση ενάντια στο Απόλυτο Κακό. #HolocaustRemembranceDaypic.twitter.com/2zQp7omkv3
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) January 27, 2021
Mitsotakis referred to the Greek Jews victims of the Nazis and urged for constant vigilance and action against "Pure Evil".
"We honour the memory of the Jews and particularly of our compatriots that died in the Holocaust. The memory becomes constant vigilance and action against Pure Evil".