VP Sara: Holocaust lessons must be taught to future generations
Vice President Sara Duterte said on Thursday that the lessons of the Holocaust, in which Nazi Germany killed millions of European Jews between the 1930s and 1940s, must not be forgotten.
Duterte and Israel's Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss led the commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Department of Education Central Office.
During the program, six candles were lit in memory of the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust.
"We must not forget the names and faces of the victims, the families torn apart, and the communities destroyed. We must remember so that we may never forget the dangers of hate and intolerance," Duterte said in her message.
"We are responsible for ensuring that the lessons of the Holocaust and the stories of its survivors are passed on to future generations. We must ensure that these stories are not lost so we can learn from them and prevent such atrocities from happening again," she added.
For his part, Fluss thanked Duterte for her commitment to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to the younger generation.
"I thank you Vice President and Secretary of the Department of Education Sara Duterte-Carpio and your team for being our partner for leading and organizing this commemorative event and for making this day a formal day of commemorating the Holocaust in all DepEd schools and facilities," he said.
He also praised the Open Door Policy of former President Manuel Quezon, which offered asylum to the targeted Jews.
"The Philippines is a shining light. President Quezon welcomed over 1,300 Jewish refugees into the Philippines in 1939," he added.
In 2018, the Vice President accompanied her father, then President Rodrigo Duterte, on his trip to Israel, where they visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem and a monument that was built to commemorate the humanitarian assistance extended by the Philippines to Jews during World War II. —VBL, GMA Integrated News