The government designates a memorial day for the Holocaust and other victims of crimes against humanity

22.08.2002 | 00:00

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Tallinn, Stenbock HouseAugust 6, 2002 Like other European Union member states, the government decided to declare January 27th as a memorial day for the Holocaust and other victims of crimes against humanity. "Additionally, the government sees the importance of paying attention to the victims of the Communist regime on the mourning days on March 25th and June 14th," said the prime minister. On October 17, 2000 the ministers of education from the EU member states signed a declaration where among other matters, a commitment was made to dedicate a day at schools to memorialize the Holocaust and other victims of crimes against humanity. The date of the memorial day was left open and left for the countries themselves to decide according to their history and preferences. Estonia was represented by Tõnis Lukas, the previous minister of education who signed the declaration on behalf of Estonia. The government considers January 27th, the anniversary of the day the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated, as the most suitable to acknowledge the harassment of different national groups in Europe. Taken into consideration for the date was also the fact that the European Council recommended it and that Finland, Sweden, Norway and Great Britain were taken in account.Government Press Office

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