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The Czech Republic contributes to commemoration of victims of holocaust in Geneva

The opening event was organized by the UN Office in Geneva, Delegation of the EU in association with the Permanent Missions of Israel and the Czech Republic.

On 27 January, the International  Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, the Girls of Room 28 exhibition was opened as a part of 2014 Holocaust commemoration in Geneva.

The exhibition reminds us of the dark history of Theresienstadt during the Second World War. At the same time, it shows us the comradeship and bravery of the children as well as adults living in the ghetto.

The opening speeches were delivered by Mr Michael Moeller, Acting Head of the UN Office in Geneva; Ms Mariangela Zappia, Ambassador, Head of the Permanent Delegation of the European Union; Mr Eviatar Manor, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Israel; Ms Kateřina Sequensová, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic and Ms Helga Pollak-Kinsky, a surviving Girl of Room 28.

Czech Ambassador Kateřina Sequensová in her speech recalled the historical context and role of Theresienstadt in Holocaust. She highlighted not only the will of the girls living in Theresienstadt ghetto to survive but also deep friendship, helpfulness, tolerance and hope for a better world and paid respect to adults who looked after the children. In the end, Ambassador emphasized that the story was still very relevant nowadays and concerned us all, regardless of our background, culture, or religion.