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Rivlin, German president take part in Holocaust remembrance ceremony in Vienna

In Austria today, President Reuven Rivlin met with President Alexander Van der Bellen. The two took part in a ceremony at a monument to Holocaust victims in Vienna.

Rivlin said that “Austria did not wake up one morning to the swastikas of the Third Reich. Anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia had been incubating for years. That is how the horrors were born – out of apathy and disregard.”

Meanwhile, Van der Bellen said it was “our duty to oppose any resurgence of inhumanity, racism and anti-Semitism decisively and without compromise. Our aim today is to allow Jewish life without interference in any place – Israel, Europe, Vienna, or any other place.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (R) and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen take part in a ceremony at a monument to Holocaust victims in Vienna, March 17, 2021 (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
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