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Eriksen Søreide: – Joint responsibility to keep the memory of the Holocaust is shared

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide (Conservatives). Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

“Remembering the Holocaust and preventing something similar from happening again is part of our shared responsibility,” says Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H).

On Sunday, she and colleagues from around 35 countries attended a conference in Brussels on the Holocaust and the fight against anti-Semitism. It is expected that a statement will be issued in which the countries again commit to keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive.

– “I think one of the most important things we are going to emphasize here is the work being done nationally, ie through the action plan against anti-Semitism, which will be renewed and extended this year,” says Eriksen Søreide to NTB on the way to the meeting.

The ministerial meeting is held one week before the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. The participants represent the members of the international organization IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance), of which Norway is also a member.

– “We have been involved for many years. This is important to us because we have many Jews living in Norway, who are an extremely important part of our society and who contribute at all levels,” says the minister.

“In addition, this is part of our recent history. There are still eye witnesses left, but not many, and we have a shared responsibility to keep the memory and understanding alive, both regarding how it could happen, and not least to prevent it from happening again.”

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