Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
I am deeply honoured to welcome you to this , the Fourth International Holocaust Forum, entitled ‘Let My People Live!’. With the generous help of Dr Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress, Mr Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament and patron of the Forum, and in partnership with the European Union institutions, the Terez.n Memorial and Yad Vashem we have put together a remarkable and stimulating programme.
The Czech Republic hopes to dedicate this Fourth International Holocaust Forum to the promotion of tolerance and education. It is therefore my greatest wish that the Forum will provide the crucial political impetus for teaching lessons of the past to young generations, as without such memory there cannot be a peaceful and tolerant tomorrow.
Throughout the Forum several discussion panels are going to be held focusing on the impact and how to combat the rise of anti-Semitism, racism and extremism in European civil society. Speakers at these panel discussions include renowned politicians such as Mr Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament and Mr Yuli-Yo.l Edelstein, Speaker of the Knesset as well as distinguished professors such as Mr Alan Morten Dershowitz, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Mr Timothy David Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University.
In addition, the Forum will be followed by a unique and unforgettable Commemoration Ceremony at the former concentration camp in Terez.n.
Dearest guests, allow me to welcome you once again at the Prague Castle. As the patron of this significant event, I hope that together we will lay the foundations for a better future to honour our common past.