Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, is slated to lead a delegation of 40 UN ambassadors this week on a trip to Poland to visit the death camps after a series of events to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The ambassadors will then travel to Israel in a mission that is being held in conjunction with the March of the Living and the American Zionist Movement.
“Some of the diplomats in World War II saw the Jews, first and foremost, as human beings,” says Danon. “Truth and morality guided their way to, at great risk, heroically saved them from Nazi extermination. We all hope that the diplomats of our time will join Israel in the struggle against anti-Semitism, and against the voices in Tehran that call for the destruction of the Jewish State.”
This Sunday has been set by the United Nations as International Holocaust Remembrance Day and marks the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp.
The United Nations has marked the day on Monday, January 28 with a series of events. Among them is a special session of the UN General Assembly that is scheduled to speeches by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Israel’s Ambassador Danon.
Following the General Assembly event, the Israeli Mission to the United Nations — in cooperation with the Missions of Peru and Portugal — will open an exhibition devoted to diplomats who are Righteous Among the Nations, at the organization’s New York headquarters.
UN Secretary General Guterres will take part in the Israeli event alongside ambassadors and relatives of the diplomats recognized as Righteous Among the Nations.
Ambassador Danon will subsequently travel with 40 UN ambassadors to Poland to visit the death camps.