UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that "solidarity in the face of hatred is needed today more than ever, as we see a deeply worrying resurgence in anti-Semitic attacks around the world," at a ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York City on Monday, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
"This upsurge of anti-Semitism cannot be seen in isolation from an extremely troubling increase in xenophobia, homophobia, discrimination and hatred in many parts of the world, targeting people on the basis of their identity, including race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability and immigration status," added Guterres.
Holocaust survivor Irene Shashar also spoke during the ceremony, commenting that "life is a gift not to be taken granted. Hitler did not win. Don't let Hitler ever, ever win."
Soviet forces liberated Auschwitz on January 27, 1945. Some 1.1 million people were murdered by the Nazi German forces at the site, the vast majority of them Jews. Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war were among the other victims of the camp.