Leading a delegation at a Holocaust remembrance ceremony at Auschwitz on 27 January, Gunnar Hökmark MEP, Vice-Chairman of the EPP-ED Group, said: ”The atrocities and the decline of civilisation that took place here is tragic and reminds us of the brutal reality of European history. And it is a reminder that the worst and most unbelievable things can happen if we don’t defend the fundamental values of freedom and respect for every human being.”
”Keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive is not only about remembering the past. It is about securing the future for human dignity and human rights. It is not only about honouring those who died but defending future generations”, said Gunnar Hökmark.
The delegation included 25 members from 12 different countries, members of both the European Parliament and of national parliaments. The visit was organised by European Friends of Israel of which Mr Hökmark is Chairman.
For further information:
Gunnar Hökmark MEP, Tel: +32-2-2847822
Per Heister, EPP-ED Group Press Service, Tel: +32-496-645530
Notes to Editors:
The EPP-ED Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 289 Members from all 27 Member States.