Teikmanis: We need to keep talking about the Holocaust

On October 25, the head of the Office of the President, Andris Teikmanis, addressed participants of an international seminar titled: "Why is Holocaust education relevant in 2022?" using the occasion to stress that further steps need to be taken to ensure events relating to the Holocaust are not forgotten.

Speaking to an audience primarily consisting of teachers, Teikmanis said: "Even though anti-Semitism is very marginal in Latvia, it does not mean that we should neglect to pay attention to this global risk. It is necessary to continue to talk about it in order to make young people aware of these heavy pages of history."

"The concept of 'never again' has been both a hope and a belief for many years. However, we see that, unfortunately, even in our times, not everyone thinks the same way about 'never again' and the horrors of war have returned again not so far from us – in Ukraine," said Teikmanis, a distinguished diplomat who has served as Latvian ambassador to the U.S., Germany, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom.

In his address, the head of the Office of the President also informed the participants of the conference about the involvement of the Latvian state in maintaining the topic of the Holocaust in the fields of research, education and culture with the help of diplomacy and legislation. "I am satisfied that anti-Semitism and the Holocaust are on the agenda of both politicians and schools," said Teikmanis. 

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