Exhibition on the occasion of International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of Holocaust

Venue: Hall of the Parliament of Montenegro


The Parliament of Montenegro organises "Shoah - How Was It Humanly Possible?” exhibition on the occasion of marking International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.

The exhibition will be opened by President of the Parliament of Montenegro Mr Aleksa Bečić and President of the Jewish Community of Montenegro Ms Nina Ofner Bokan.

The invitation letter was sent by Chairperson of the Committee on Human Rights and Freedoms Mr Jovan Jole Vučurović.

By observing International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, marked in the world on 27 January and established by the UN General Assembly's resolution,  with the aim of preserving the memory of and paying tribute to some six million Jews, Roma and other peoples victims of genocide during the Second World War, and taking into account that the Holocaust deeply shook the foundations of civilization and left an indelible scar in twentieth-century Europe and that the Holocaust as a unique phenomenon will forever have universal significance, as well as that it undoubtedly represents the darkest moment in our history and complete negation of humanness, all cultural and civilizational achievements and fundamental moral values of mankind, Montenegro joins almost a hundred countries around the world by marking this important date and the 76th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation.

To remind, the UN General Assembly's resolution reaffirms that the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one third of the Jewish people, along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice, and rejects any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or part.

The UN General Assembly, by choosing the 27th January, the day of liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most notorious death camp in the enslaved Europe in 1945, was guided by the need to reaffirm human rights, prevent and punish the crime of genocide, and the ever-present danger of racial, national and religious hatred, based on prejudice.

By marking International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, we remember the six million people, men, women and children who were killed and persecuted just because they were members of the Jewish people, but also members of other nations and some minority groups, who were persecuted for their race, religion, nation and political affiliation and were victims of the monstrous Nazi regime and the ideology of fascism.

Bearing in mind the above, an increasing number of countries worldwide are marking the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, whose goal is to remember the victims, but also to prevent any kind of future expression of intolerance or violence, focused on ethnic or religious minorities. That is why we must never forget that the Holocaust was the most horrifying chapter in the human history due to the fact that people were being killed because they were different.

Montenegro devotedly fosters the values of anti-fascism, and the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust should also be a reminder of all the anti-fascists that laid down their lives to free their country and other countries from the Nazi evil. Here, Montenegrin education system holds a significant role in passing on the historic memory of the Holocaust to new generations using primary and secondary school textbooks that cover this topic. The same purpose has “The Diary of Anne Frank”, as a decades-long compulsory reading in primary schools in Montenegro.

The role of parliaments in promoting the observation of fundamental European values, human rights and the rule of law is crucial.

Remembrance of the Holocaust is also an invitation to peace and mutual respect and observation of dignity of everyone, and nowadays is equally as important, so that these kinds of events are not repeated; that is why preserving the memory of the victims of the Holocaust represents a civilizational obligation.

The exhibition organised on the occasion of marking the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust represents the most important historical aspects of the Holocaust, starting from the life of Jews in the pre-war Europe, and ending with the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and death camps and brave and rough return to life of those that survived. The panels contain texts with explanations, intertwined with personal stories of the victims, quotes and original photographs.

The exhibition will be held on Wednesday, 27 January 2021, at 11am, in the hall of the Parliament of Montenegro.

In addition to the President of the Parliament of Montenegro, vice-presidents of the Parliament, President of the Jewish Community of Montenegro, Chairperson of the Committee on Human Rights and Freedoms, heads of MP groups and MPs belonging to no MP group, Ombudsman of Montenegro, the invitation to the exhibition was also sent to representatives of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, OSCE Mission to Montenegro, UN system, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps.

Event Properties

Event Date 27.01.2021. 11:00h
Event End Date 27.01.2021. 12:30h