of the Russian
to the United Nations
136E 67th Street
by Ilya Rogachev,
Deputy Permanent Representative of the
at the opening of the exhibition “Memorial Drawings:
Remembering the Holocaust Victims and Their Liberators”
by Gennady Dobrov, an Honored
at the UN Headquarters on 17 January 2008
Dear World War II veterans,
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am honoured to open at the UN Headquarters an exhibition of artworks by
Gennady Dobrov, an Honoured Artist of Russia, an Honorary Member of the
exhibition has been organized by the Permanent Mission of the
you are all aware, Holocaust Remembrance Day established by UN General Assembly
is observed on January 27, the date when in 1945 the Soviet
troops liberated prisoners of the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz.
Last year on January 26, the UN General Assembly adopted without a vote an
important resolution on “The Denial of Holocaust” cosponsored by 104 states,
Any state that posits itself as a civilized and humanist one should discard as inadmissible attempts at glorifying Nazi accomplices, be it former members of Waffen-SS units or other collaborationists and Nazi henchmen that murdered many thousands of civilians, POWs and prisoners of concentration camps. And such attempts are becoming increasingly numerous and go as far as to proclaim the day of liberation from Nazism in some countries as the day of mourning, or to demolish monuments to those who fought Nazism while erecting monuments to those who fought on the side of fascists, or to award them posthumously honorary titles of heroes of these states or naming streets after them.
We are convinced that the theme of today’s exhibition and the works on display are in line with another important UN General Assembly Resolution annually adopted at the initiative of the Russian Federation on “Inadmissibility of Certain Practices That Contribute to Fuelling Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.” The memory of Nazi crimes and unconditional and unreserved condemnation of these crimes is a guarantee that the horrors of National-Socialism will be consigned to history and will never be repeated in the future.