Honour Holocaust victims by building a future of dignity and equality for all: UN Secretary-General

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Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file).

The UN Secretary-General is urging people everywhere to build a future of dignity and equality for all as a means of  honouring those killed by the Nazis during the Second World War.

The regime murdered six million Jews and millions of others, including Roma, disabled people and political dissidents.

António Guterres made the call in a message on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, observed this Friday.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Secretary-General described the Holocaust as "an incomparable tragedy in human history."

The world has a duty to remember that it was a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people and so many others, he stated.

Mr Guterres said "It would be a dangerous error to think of the Holocaust as simply the result of the insanity of a group of criminal Nazis."

Rather, it was the culmination of millennia of hatred, scapegoating and discrimination targeting Jews.

This hatred, known as anti-Semitism, continues to thrive, he said, adding that there is also a "deeply troubling rise” in extremism, xenophobia, racism and anti-Muslim hatred.

The UN chief said "After the horrors of the 20th century, there should be no room for intolerance in the 21st," pledging his place at the frontline of the battle against anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred.

"Let us build a future of dignity and equality for all – and thus honour the victims of the Holocaust who we will never allow to be forgotten," he stated.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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