Today we remember all of the victims of the Holocaust. The mass killing of Jewish people by the Nazi regime during the Second World War was a monstrous act, which cannot be erased from humanity’s collective memory. The tragic word “holocaust” is rooted in almost every language in the world thanks to which the horrible fate of the Jews will never be forgotten.
Today on International Holocaust Remembrance Day we bow our heads in honour of its innocent victims. As elsewhere, remembrance ceremonies are being held throughout Estonia. Many of us are taking part in these ceremonies. The understanding that no crime against humanity should ever be forgotten is self-evident to all of us - Estonia too suffered during and after the Second World War under totalitarian regimes and we paid for this with our independence. Their crimes will never expire and their perpetrators cannot be justified.
Our thoughts are with all of the victims of the Holocaust.