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Statement by Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office in Geneva H.E.Mr. Gennady Gatilov at the ceremony on the occasion of the 75-th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp January 27, Geneva

On January 27, 1945 Soviet soldiers liberated the prisoners of Auschwitz concentration camp. By decision of the United Nations this day has become an eternal reminder of the atrocities committed by the Nazis and their heinous crimes that cannot be justified or forgiven. This day has embodied our common memory and grief. According to the documents of the Nuremberg Tribunal, the Nazi machine of extermination killed 6 million Jews. Among them were hundreds of thousands of Soviet citizens. 3 million Soviet prisoners of war perished in extermination camps. Today we pay tribute to the courage of those who survived the horrors of violence and humiliating forced labor, those who remained unbroken.

Statement by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office in Geneva H.E.Mr.Gennady Gatilov at the opening of the exhibition "My Russia" at the UN Office 27 January, Geneva

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear colleagues and guests, First of all, let me thank you for sharing this wonderful moment with us. It is an honour and a great pleasure for me to open the exhibition «My Russia» here in the United Nations Office in Geneva. The exposition displays more than 30 works of art by professors and students from different regions of Russia incorporated in the creative union of the Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University. The posters and the oil paintings is a testament to a deep and sincere love for our Homeland. I am proud to present to you a small part of this love in the form of these works of art.

Statement by producer of «Trawniki Men» documentary Mr.Ilnur Rafikov at a filmscreening at the UN Office in Geneva January 23, 2020

Dear ladies and gentlemen, Dear guests, It is a great honor and responsibility to present our documentary in the run-up to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Holocaust is one of the global catastrophes of the twentieth century. Millions of people were killed becoming smoke and ashes in the giant crematoria of death camps ... Hundreds of scientific studies, collections of documents and memoirs, dozens of documentaries and feature films are devoted to this topic. What is our movie about? First of all, it is about the value of human life. Indeed, millions of innocent victims all over Europe remain on the conscience of these executioners. Their bloodstained footprints were found in Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Austria and the Baltic states. This is a film about the psychology and nature of cruelty. The documentary tells the story of a SS training camp which was set up on the personal initiative of Heinrich Himmler during the Second World War, in which future guards and executioners were trained. It was located in the village of Trawniki, in Poland. Prisoners from the ghettos, concentration and death camps were terrified of them, they hated and despised them.

Statement by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office in Geneva H.E.Mr.Gennady Gatilov at the screening of the documentary "Trawniki Men" Geneva, 23 January

Dear Friends! I thank you for joining us at this event. These days the entire world mourns the victims of the Holocaust – one of the most horrible tragedies of the past century. As we speak, the Fifth World Holocaust Forum is being held in Israel. This event is attended by the Heads of State and Government from more than 40 countries, including the United States, France, Austria, Greece, Italy. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, is also there. We must not forget the scale of horror, nor the root causes, nor the ideological background of World War II. Attempts to implement anti-human ideas of Nazism and ethnic hatred brought immense sufferings to millions of people. We must not allow it to happen again. The intention to once and forever rid the World of the scourge of Nazism is imprinted in history and reflected in the international law, including the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Bill of Human Rights.

Statement by Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office in Geneva H.E.Mr.Gennady Gatilov at the opening ceremony of the art exhibition of Zurab Tsereteli at the UN Office in Geneva (16 January, Geneva)

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen! Distinguished Colleagues, Dear Guests! It is my pleasure to greet you today in this wonderful and spacious room. This evening and for the next two weeks you will have the unique opportunity to appreciate and admire some of the works of an outstanding Russian painter and sculptor, President of the Russian Academy of Arts, our friend Zurab Tsereteli.