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On the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ljubo Bešlić, Mayor of Mostar, Radmila Komadina, Chief Advisor of the City of Mostar and Predrag Šupljeglav, Head of Department, together with representatives of the Jewish Community of Mostar, on behalf of the City of Mostar, laid wreath today at the Jewish cemetery Sutina.

Mayor Bešlić said that it is necessary to remind and to mark this day in order for these things not to happen again since the victims were innocent people only because of their religion or nation.

We have to convey message to the young people so that they learn from the bad things that happened in the past and to make conclusion for the future, in order not to repeat them, said Bešlić.

The wreath was laid by the representatives of Jewish community Mostar, president Zoran Botić and Sara Romano Vujinović, secretary of Jewish community in Mostar.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina in World War II, out of 15,000 Jews, 12,000 of them were killed in a number of concentration camps throughout the former state. United Nations General Assembly adopted the Decision by which January 27 is marked as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, since it is a date when a concentration camp "Auschwitz" was liberated. 

By the Decision of Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina from January 16, 2007, January 27 is marked as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The authorities of Nazi Germany opened the camp in 1940, a few months after the invasion of Poland. It is the largest place of Jewish suffering. It is believed that at Auschwitz a million Jews were killed, 75,000 Poles, 21,000 Roma, 15,000 Red Army soldiers. According to data from various sources, the total number of Jews killed in World War II ranges from 4,194,000 to 5,820,960.

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