A universal appeal for peace and mutual respect

At the invitation of the Aladdin Project, UNESCO and the City of Paris and with the support of the French government a delegation of survivors, prominent politicians, mayors, intellectuals, religious leaders and public figures visited Auschwitz-Birkenau on February 1, 2011, to issue a universal appeal for peace and mutual respect and against Holocaust denial and all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia and exclusion.

Auschwitz – Birkenau, monument to the genocide of the Jews by the Nazi regime and to the deaths of countless others, bears irrefutable evidence to one of the greatest crimes ever perpetrated against humanity. The site is a key place of memory for the whole of humankind; it is a place of our collective memory of this dark chapter in the history of humanity, of transmission to younger generations and a sign of warning of the many threats and tragic consequences of extreme ideologies and denial of human dignity.

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