European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton paid a special tribute to Holocaust survivors, in a statement released on International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday.
Ashton said that the survivors of the Holocaust "remind us of this tragedy that we must never forget.""Today we remember the victims of the Holocaust. We honor every one of the six million who were brutally murdered in this darkest period of European history," Ashton stated.
She stressed the importance of remembering that the crime was not perpetrated by a few individuals, but that many were involved directly and indirectly. "That is why we must remain vigilant. Genocide is caused by the violence of some and the indifference of others," she emphasized.
Ashton also said that Remembrance Day should be used as an opportunity to celebrate acts of courage and sacrifice: "neighbors who saved families, employers who rescued their employees and all those who protected their fellow citizens."
She described these acts as "proof that we are not powerless against evil," and as a lesson that must "guide us today."