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Holocaust memorial ceremony to take place in Tallinn today Friday

At Tallinn's Jewish cemetery in Rahumäe.
At Tallinn's Jewish cemetery in Rahumäe. Source: (Eesti Meedia/Scanpix)

The Ministry of Education and Research and the Jewish Community of Estonia are holding a memorial ceremony today Friday to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. As it is taking place at the Jewish cemetery in Rahumäe, the ceremony is held a day before the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated by the United Nations in 2005, the month and day chosen are those of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp by the Red Army on Jan. 27, 1945.

The day commemorates the victims of Nazi genocide, during which 6 million Jewish people, 200,000 Romani people, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men were murdered.

The chairwoman of the Jewish Community of Estonia, Alla Jakobson, participated in a meeting at the European Parliament as well that commemorated the victims and discussed issues related to the Holocaust.

"The meeting was attended by [Knesset] speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein as well. And I have to say that this event at the European Parliament was very solemn and arranged in such a way that Europe understands what the cost of the Second World War was," Jakobson told ERR's radio news.

The general feeling had been that what caused the Holocaust needs to be kept in the minds of people, so that it will never happen again, Jakobson added.

Though work was still to be done regarding people's tolerance of others, the Estonian state had made a contribution, she said.

"I think the Estonian state, just as every European state, is taking the matter very seriously. Members of parliament and in some cases also the parliament's speaker join meetings of mourning. I think that this has great importance," Jakobson said.

The ceremony is taking place at the Jewish cemetery in Rahumäe in Tallinn today Friday at 1 p.m.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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