The award was presented to President Metsola (pictured) in recognition of her support for the European Jewish community. After her visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Camps, the award was presented. The President Metsola also participated in a Memorial Ceremony and laid a wreath at Death Wall.
In her acceptance speech, President Metsola said that the award would serve as a constant reminder of the heinous crimes against humanity of the past and remind me of the importance of standing up for our common values of today.
She stressed that we must take responsibility for our actions: “Antisemitism still pervades our society. Holocaust deniers, conspiracy myths and disinformation, as well as violence that targets or singles out members our communities, have no place in Europe.”
She also recalled Simone Veil’s words as former President of European Parliament: “The holocaust, is the heritage for all.” In this light, President Metsola reiterated that she would like to see a permanent Holocaust memorial at the European Parliament.
President Metsola promised to honor the Shoah victims’ legacy “by never forgetting, never being indifferent and always speaking up”.
“At this time of horror, we have to find hope. We promise those who lost their lives and those who survived to remember them, to not be silent, and to create a new world in the memory of those they loved. “We remember,” said President Metsola as she left Auschwitz-Birkenau Camps. They also remembered the 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht (9-10 Nov 1938).
Here, you can find the full acceptance speech by President Metsola.
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