On 22 January 2020, Ambassador Reuss received Vice-President of the German Bundestag Claudia Roth at UNESCO’s Headquarters, on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
After a one-to-one discussion with Director-General Azoulay and together with other guests of honour, Ms Roth visited the recently opened exhibition ‘Crimes Uncovered: The First Generation of Holocaust Researchers’, produced by the Wannsee Conference Memorial in collaboration with the Touro College Berlin and the Wiener Library.
The exhibition pays tribute to the lives and work of 20 pioneers of Holocaust research. Names such as Rachel Auerbach, Raphael Lemkin, Simon Wiesenthal or Joseph Wulf are examples of a small group of tireless researchers. Working in difficult conditions and often faced with indifference and rejection, their efforts paved the way to universal recognition of the Holocaust as a crime against humanity.
In the context of the official commemoration, and alongside Ms Azoulay and Auschwitz survivor Marian Turski, Ms Roth gave a notable speech in which she stressed that paying hommage to the victims of the National Socialists and their collaborators is more important than ever in this time of growing political polarisation.
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