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Preserve memories of the Holocaust, says Vatican spokesman

January 27, 2012

“We can not and must not forget” the horror of the Holocaust, Father Federico Lombardi said in a Vatican Radio editorial on January 27.

In his editorial, timed for the 67th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, the director of the Vatican press office observed that the survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust are disappearing, and a younger generation has no direct memory of the events. “But the memory of the Holocaust is a crucial point of reference in the history of mankind,” he said, “when we try to understand what is at stake when we speak of the essential dignity of every human person, the universality of human rights, and commitment to their defense.”


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