Europe-wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian regimes – Outside Views Europe

Europe-wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian regimes – Outside Views Europe

ahead of the europe-wide day of remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian authoritarian regimes on august 23rd vice president for values and transparency vera eurova and commissioner for justice didier reinders issued the following statement over 80 years ago on august 23rd in 1939 the molotov rib drop pact was signed between germany and the soviet union just before the second world war broke out for many this fateful day marked the beginning of a cycle of nazi and soviet occupation and violence on this day we paid tribute to those who fell victim to totalitarian regimes in europe and those who fought against such regimes we recognized the suffering of all the victims and their families as well as the lasting effect that this traumatic experience left on the following generations of europeans let us work together so that our shared past makes us stronger for the shared future and does not drive us apart freedom from totalitarianism and authoritarianism is not a given it is something we need to stand up for every day anew it is at the heart of the european ideal together with the rule of law and democracy this freedom is at the core of the european treaties we all have signed we must continue to stand united for these fundamental european values the europe-wide day of remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian authoritarian regimes has been celebrated since 2009 when the european parliament adopted a resolution calling for the proclamation of august 23rd as a europe-wide remembrance day for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes to be commemorated with dignity and impartiality it is an occasion to keep alive the memory of the victims millions of whom continued to suffer long after the end of world war ii and the defeat of the nazi regime the european commission supports projects across europe that address the history of totalitarian crimes and encourage remembrance building on the europe for citizens program 2014-2020 the new citizens equality rights and values program supports remembrance actions on the causes of totalitarian regimes in particular nazism but also fascism stalinism and other totalitarian communist regimes and as a german i think it is absolutely important that we remember what happened and we are today’s generation of course because it’s a topic brought up again over and over again is not responsible for what happened there but we are responsible not to let that happen again i’ll see you in my next video biscaj
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Europe-wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian regimes – Outside Views Europe

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