Sassoli: "It seems as though the lessons of history are being forgotten."

President of the European Parliament David Sassoli will join leaders from around the world in Israel this week to mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

He will attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, focused on both remembering victims and fighting rising antisemitism around the world.

President Sassoli will also visit the Israeli Parliament and meet with Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein.

The following week the European Parliament will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day during its plenary session. President Sassoli has invited Italian senator and holocaust survivor Liliana Segre to speak at the event on 29 January.

Ahead of the visit, President Sassoli said, “The European Union was created in the shadow of Auschwitz, to reunite Europe and ensure that the horrors of the Second World War could never happen again.

"This week I will go to Jerusalem to pay respect to the six million Jews killed during the Shoah. This remains the single greatest crime against humanity.

“Worryingly it seems as though the lessons of history are being forgotten. It is with incredulity and immense anger that we watch the demon of antisemitism returning in Europe and across the world.

"The recent attacks in Halle and New York, threats against Jewish citizens and politicians, and acts of vandalism on graveyards and shops in many European countries, are reminiscent of a period we hoped had ended long ago.

“In Jerusalem this week we must remember the darkest moments of Europe’s history but also discuss what we can do to tackle the new rise of hatred and antisemitism across the globe.”

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