Transcript of the opening speech by Ambassador Roksanda Nincic, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Head of the Serbian delegation to International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance – IHRA:
Dear Deputy Director of the National Library Ms Butigan, representatives of the Terraforming, colleagues and friends,
Let me, first of all, thank the National Library and Terraforming for the initiative, as well for this kind invitation. I have a special pleasure to greet Dr. Chava Baruch, from the European Department of Yad Vashem’s International School of Holocaust Studies from Jerusalem, on behalf of the Serbian Delegation with International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
Teaching about the Holocaust is a process. Serbia’s ambition is to enhance awareness, knowledge and understanding about the Holocaust education, research and remembrance through systematic engagement of Ministries of Education; Culture; Labor, Veteran and Social Affairs; and Foreign Affairs, both
– Institutionally, among state-employed personnel, policy makers and professionals;
– Through inclusion of public institutions such as memorials, museums, libraries, cultural centers; and
– Educational institutions and professionals.
We are aware of the necessity to further develop a broad network among all stakeholders, including Jewish and the Roma communities, NGOs and other independent initiatives.
We are grateful to Yad Vashem, not only for the tremendous support in sharing its experience and knowledge among Serbian Holocaust educators, but also in creating new networks among Serbian teachers. It helps in teaching how to keep alive the remembrance and to raise awareness of the consequences that kind of extremism might bring to a society. Learning about the past is the best tool of prevention.
This event is an opportunity to learn more about Yad Vashem, the greatest witness of the Holocaust, and its methodologies, but also to foster, expand and straighten our network in Serbia in order to continue this important work.
Thank you, and I wish you a productive session, to the benefit of us all.
Ambassador Roksanda Nincic