Ambassadors of Germany and Israel to Serbia, Thomas Schieb and Alona Fisher Kamm, respectively, said on Jan. 27, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, that they will support and help the opening of a memorial complex at Belgrade’s Staro Sajmiste site, where a WWII concentration camp was located, after the Serbian Assembly passes a law on its construction.
Alona Fisher Kamm said for the RTS public service that the number of living survivors of the Holocaust is rapidly decreasing, which is why it is important to have memorial centers preserving the memory of the tragedy.
“Spreading the word about the Holocaust is not only Israel’s task, it’s more global, and we have to send out a very clear message. This is the fourth year of our collaboration with the RTS in broadcasting documentation about the Holocaust; for the first time the German embassy has joined us, and this year a movie will be screened about people who had survived the concentration camps visit the place of their suffering,” said Fisher Kamm.
Shieb said that Germany is devotedly fighting anti-Semitism and those who deny the Holocaust, adding that in German high schools the Holocaust and World War II period of German history are mandatory subjects.
Shieb also said that Germany plans to use all of its influence to improve cooperation at the European level and focus on measures against Holocaust denial and history revision, as well as hate speech on the Internet and elsewhere.