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Belarusian-American memorial event on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the Minsk ghetto held in New York

30-05-2019

On May 29, 2019 on the initiative of the Permanent Mission of Belarus to the United Nations, a joint Belarusian-American memorial event  on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the Minsk ghetto and on the eve of the 75th  anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from the Nazi invaders was held in New York.

In his speech, the U.S. Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combatting Anti-Semitism, Elan Carr, highly appreciated the importance of this event in preserving the memory of the Holocaust, and also stressed the need to involve the younger generation in the fight against anti-Semitism. He noted with appreciation the Belarusian-American event, which took place on May 1, 2019 at the US State Department on the Holocaust Remembrance Day.
 
Acting U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, Jonathan Cohen, presented the United States commemorative medals signed by the U.S. President, Donald Trump, and the Chairman of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America ‘s Heritage Abroad, Paul Packer. Medals are dedicated to the survived prisoners of the Minsk ghetto.
 
 
For reference. The majority part of these medals was presented to the participants of the commemorative events on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the Minsk ghetto held in Minsk in October 2018.
 
The Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN, Valentin Rybakov, told about the history of the Minsk ghetto and the efforts of Belarus to preserve the memory of the Great Patriotic War in Belarus, including victims of the Holocaust. He noted the recognition by Israel of the contribution of the Belarusian people to the salvation of the Jews during the war by awarding with the title “Righteous Among the Nations”.
 
 
The event was also attended by the Charge d'Affaires of Belarus to the U.S., Pavel Shidlovsky, heads of missions of the United Nations Member States involved in World War II, representatives of international Jewish and American organizations, students of several American educational institutions, representatives of the Belarusian diaspora.