Nazism must become a thing of the past, Russian Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on International Holocaust Memorial Day.
"The longer the distance separating us from the Holocaust and World War II, the more deeply must we cherish the memory of those events," Naryshkin told an audience at a memorial service on Sunday marking the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
It was difficult to imagine in the first post-war years that some would ever try to rehabilitate the Nazis' and their accessories' crimes against humanity, Naryshkin said in Poland, where he had arrived on a working visit as leader of a Russian parliamentary delegation. "Unfortunately, we are seeing such examples today and we must not turn a blind eye to them," he said.
"We must unite to resist attempts to revive Nazism in our home," he said.
Millions of people were tortured and killed in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during World War II . A new exhibit featuring more than 2,500 documents from archives, museums and private collections in Russia, has been organized by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum with the Central World War II Museum's participation.
The Russian delegation includes, alongside lawmakers, Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, Auschwitz survivor Kseniya Olkhova and former platoon commander Ivan Martynushkin, who was among Auschwitz liberators in January 1945.
People of various ages and nationalities have arrived in Auschwitz from different countries today, Naryshkin said.
"All of them are unanimous in believing that Nazi crimes are unforgivable, and that the memory of their victims is sacred," he said.
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