26 January 2017, 19:51
Medvedev notes need to counter ethnic, religious xenophobia
Moscow, January 26, Interfax - The Holocaust tragedy graphically demonstrated what sort of threat anti-Semitism poses to the world; ethnic and religious xenophobia is taking a new monstrous form as terrorism, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
The head of government visited the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center on Thursday on the eve of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust. The prime minister recalled that on this day in 1945 the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp from the fascists.
"The Holocaust is one of the most horrible Nazi crimes. Six million Jews were killed in the Nazi 'factories of death'. In the territory of the Soviet Union alone, according to various estimates, 2.7 million Jews perished. This is why the tragedy of the Jewish people we are taking with special pain as a catastrophe, which concerns each of us, regardless of faith," Medvedev said after a tour of the museum exposition.
"What happened there cannot be forgotten in order not to allow the repetition of the tragedy," the prime minister also said.
The Holocaust apparently showed what sort of threat anti-Semitism and chauvinism present, how easily civilization can cross the line beyond which atrocities and barbarism begin, he said.
"And today, it is greatly regretful that ethnic, religious xenophobia is taking a new ugly form - terrorism; this is the same lethal ideology and the same maniacal wish to kill and destroy," Medvedev said.
The government recently adopted the special state program on the implementation of national policy with accord in Russian society being the primary principle, the prime minister said.
"Your museum, the Federation of Jewish Communities are doing much for people in our country to be tolerant to each other. This is not only one of the largest Jewish museums, but also one of the most highly technological and interactive [museums], which combines perfect technological solutions and high emotional intensity," Medvedev also said.
He underlined the importance of the visit to the museum by children and young people, for whom interesting educational programs are available.