Representatives of 26 EU members as well as EU ambassador to Israel issue joint statement marking Holocaust Remembrance Day.

European Union Ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret and the 26 ambassadors to Israel of the EU members states issued a joint statement Wednesday to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The statement read: "The Delegation of the European Union to the State of Israel, together with the 26 Embassies of EU Member States present in Israel, remember today with a sense of deep responsibility the six million Jews brutally killed on European soil in the Holocaust, together with other victims of Nazism during the darkest hours of humankind."

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"We join Israelis and Jews all over the world in mourning the Jewish men, women and children murdered by the Nazis and their helpers. We pay tribute to those who survived the unthinkable horrors of the Holocaust and rebuilt their lives in Israel, Europe and across the world. It is our collective duty to make sure that the horrors of the Holocaust are never forgotten.

"The central theme of this year’s Yom HaShoah is “Until the Very Last Jew: Eighty Years Since the Onset of Mass Annihilation.” We remember that 80 years ago, in June 1941, Nazi Germany launched “Operation Barbarossa,” which marked the beginning of an official policy of systematic mass murder of Jews in Ponary, a forest outside Vilnius, at Babi Yar, on the outskirts of Kiev, and in Odessa, and in concentration and extermination camps across the continent.

"We pledge to do everything in our power to fight attempts to deny, trivialize or distort the Holocaust. The European Commission, together with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the United Nations and UNESCO, launched in January 2021 a digital campaign entitled #ProtectTheFacts, to raise awareness and develop knowledge about Holocaust distortion. Read more at Arutz-7