Turkey held the first state ceremony in memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators on Thursday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
According to the Associated Press, every year Turkey issues statements denouncing the murder of Jews, gypsies and others by the Nazis on the day of remembrance but to date it has not held an official ceremony on its own soil.
The gathering, which was held at the Neve Salom synagogue in Istanbul, was attended by members of the local Jewish community and the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
“It is humanity’s obligation to condemn the Holocaust, which aimed to completely destroy a people, to take necessary measures to prevent future genocides and to encourage efforts to educate new generations,” a statement issued by the Jewish community said. It also noted that every country in the world had a duty to eliminate all forms of racism and discrimination.