World Holocaust Forum Declaration 2005

“We are gathered here today, in the center of Europe, on the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, pledging our commitment to further Holocaust education and remembrance throughout the continent and around the world.

In scriptural tradition, remembrance is invariably connected to action. “”And you shall tell your children”” (Exodus 13:8) is not only a commandment for parents to tell their children about the slavery of the Jewish people in Egypt, but also a directive to instill values of freedom and hope.

As this international gathering, “”Let My People Live”” draws to a close, we, as the heads of states of Israel, Poland and Russia, leaders and representatives of many nations call for and put upon us a commitment to maintain a World Holocaust Forum to strengthen Holocaust education and commemoration for generations. We especially seek to touch the hearts and minds of youngsters, so that they will uphold the sanctity of human life.

We hereby request that an organizing committee make all the necessary arrangements to establish an international body that will convene this forum every few years, and in which world nations will examine the past and preserve the memory of the Holocaust and its legacy for the future.

This forum will also support a cadre of leaders in Holocaust education who will participate in intensive training courses and study seminars focusing on passing on the Holocaust legacy to future generations, as well as combating all forms of racism, intolerance and antisemitism.

The lessons of the Shoah command us to safeguard the values that provide the foundation for a democratic society. It is our hope that this forum will make an important contribution toward this sacred task.”