Today, on January 20, a unique memorial ceremony dedicated to Holocaust Remembrance Day was held at the museum on the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp at the initiative of the IGO United Religions headed by Mr. Akif Gilalov.
For the first time in history, world-famous leaders of Muslim communities visited Auschwitz-Birkenau to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust along with other representatives of world religions, Catholics, Orthodox Christuans and Jews. With this memorial ceremony, United Religions emphasizes the genetic and spiritual closeness that exists between Jews, Christians and Muslims, which is crucial today.
The ceremony was opened by a special video message from the UN Secretary General, His Excellency Mr. António Guterres, in which he expressed gratitude to the organizers of United Religions and emphasized the uniqueness and significance of this event. Religious leaders commemorated the victims of the concentration camp with a memorial prayer and laying of wreaths.
After the ceremony, delegations will continue their joint trip to Paris to participate in a concert dedicated to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, to be held on January 22, 2020, a joint event of UNESCO and the United Religions.