Denial of Holocaust belittles survivors of Nazism, says Martin


DENIAL OF the Holocaust “is a reprehensible effort to belittle the brave survivors of the brutal Nazi regime”, Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin has said.

“The testimony of the survivors is not only as moving as the memorial and museum in their honour at Yad Vashem, which I visited myself the year before last. It also serves as the final, undeniable proof of the horrors of the Holocaust,” he said.

He was speaking at a reception in Iveagh House in Dublin to mark the opening of an international conference, “Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial”.

Organised by the Holocaust Education Trust of Ireland, it began in Trinity College Dublin yesterday.

The Minister said he believed the Holocaust had “left a blemish on the landscape of history which will never be erased from human consciousness.

“The Irish Government has acknowledged that this country did not do all that it could have done during the second World War to help the Jewish people and other victims of the Holocaust. As a result, we in Ireland are very conscious of the need to learn the lessons of history.”

Minister of State for Equality and Human Rights Mary White said it was “vitally important that we never forget one of the darkest periods of the 20th century. I believe that we all have a responsibility to ensure that the horrors of the Holocaust are never forgotten and that we learn the lessons from the past so that they may never happen again”.

She added: “It is said that the measure of any democratic society can be seen through the way in which we treat our minority groups.”

** An exhibition will open at the Irish Architectural Archive on Dublin’s Merrion Square today on the “Architecture of Murder”. Continuing Tuesday to Friday until December 17th, it features blueprints from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps.