2023 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Joint Statement
As we mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we commemorate the Holocaust of six million Jews, men, women and children, including more than 200,000 Jews murdered in Lithuania. We remember other communities who were also murdered: Roma, disabled persons, LGBTQI+ persons, Slavs, and others. We do not forget that the Nazis committed these heinous crimes with the support of local collaborators throughout Europe. And we remember the heroism of countless people who, at great personal risk, stepped in to save thousands of Jews.
Today is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of open discussion and objective study of the Holocaust in fighting hate, intolerance, and antisemitism. Combating Holocaust distortion and denial specifically, as well as historical distortion in general, are shared policy priorities. Our missions work with local institutions to strengthen Holocaust education and promote the objective analysis of history. We value our partnership with the Government of Lithuania, Lithuanian civil society, and Jewish communities throughout Lithuania in advancing these goals.
Understanding the tragedy of the Holocaust is essential to preserving and strengthening the values that form the bedrock of our relations, and such efforts have never been more important for the peace and security of all our nations. We will continue to speak out and stand up for the democratic values that bind us.
U.S. Embassy in Lithuania
Embassy of Israel to Lithuania
German Embassy in Lithuania
Netherlands Embassy in Lithuania
Embassy of Japan in Lithuania
European Commission Representation in Lithuania