Special edition of the Diário da República pays tribute to Holocaust victims
Special edition of the Diário da República pays tribute to Holocaust victims

Diário da República dresses in yellow on the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust

January 27, 2021

On January 27, International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust, the Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office (INCM), together with the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, pays tribute to all who were victims of Nazi power and, in in particular, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Portuguese responsible for saving thousands of Jewish lives.

In an era marked by acts of anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, the INCM and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers recall the importance of freedom of thought and intolerance towards violence, “dressing” the electronic Diário da República (the official journal) with the color of the Star of David, a symbol that was forever associated with the Jewish community during the Holocaust. There will also be a special edition on paper, unique, also in yellow.

The website of the Diário da República will also symbolically highlight all the measures published so far in the Diário da República that bring, to this day, the recognition of Aristides de Sousa Mendes' work and bravery, such as the Resolution of the Assembly of the Republic no. 47/2020, of 24 July, which granted Honors of National Pantheon to Aristides de Sousa Mendes, or even Ordinance no. 639/2000, of 7 April, which recognizes the Aristides Sousa Mendes Foundation. Other initiatives by the State and Civil Society are also disseminated, directly related to this theme and published in Diário da República.

With this initiative, the importance of combating extremism, respect for the other and human rights is recalled, considering the example of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who questioned his life and his freedom in favor of a greater good.

In 2021, 76 years mark the official end of the Holocaust, where more than six million people lost their lives to the hatred propagated by the Nazi regime, led by Adolf Hitler, one of the greatest dictators in history.

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