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holocaust memorial day 2015 in georgia

January 27, 2015 in Tbilisi, The International Foundation, LEA, in partnership with the Public Defender  of Georgia, the Centre of Tolerance, jointly organized an event dedicated to Holocaust Remembrance  Day. The event was held at Ballroom of Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Tbilisi.

At the opening of the event, Public Defender of Georgia, Ucha Nanuashvili, asked guests to pay respect to victims of the Holocaust with a minute's silence. "Such horrible crimes should be permanently ingrained in the memory of humanity as a special warning for every each of us that whatever it takes we should not allow rise of Fascism, Nazism, Racism, Genocide and other deadly anti-human ideologies and practices"

Speakers at the event included Head of the International Foundation LEA & ICJW in Georgia, Marine Solomonishvili, UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia Niels Scott, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel to Georgia Yuval Fuchs, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Poland to Georgia Andrzej Cieszkowski, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Georgia Richard Norland, Head of the EU Delegation to Georgia Janos Herman, Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia Manana Kobakhidze, Chairman of Tbilisi City Council Giorgi Alibegashvili.

The event participants lighted candles on the menorah and paid their respect to the memory of 6 million Jews, 2 million Roma people and all other victims who died as a result of the Holocaust and the Nazi Regime. The meeting ended of the ceremony Rabbi Avimelech Rosenblat, Rabbi Meir Kozlovsky and Cohen Rafael Mesengiser said a prayer for souls of victims of Nazi Germany.

At the event an exhibition of graphic pictures "Jews and the Holocaust" was presented by Marine Solomonishvili with the support of the Embassy of Israel in Georgia.

Representatives of diplomatic corps, state institutions and members of the Councils of Religions and National Minorities under the Public Defender of Georgia, Jewish community and Georgian CSO representatives, media attend at the event.

The event was organized with the support of the Embassy of Israel in Georgia and the United States Agency for International Development funded UN Association of Georgia project "Enhancing National Integration".

http://www.ombudsman.ge/en/news/event-dedicated-to-holocaust-victims.page

Report by Marine Solomonishvili, President of Lea in Georgia