27 January 2022

Video blog by Michael O'Flaherty: International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022

In this vlog, FRA Director Michael O'Flaherty highlights the need to work together to tackle hate and discrimination in our societies.


Michael O'Flaherty: January 27 in any year is one of the saddest days in the calendar – International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It’s the day when we pause and think back to the horrors of the genocide of the Jewish community during the Second World War; when we think back on an ineradicable stain and evil in our societies. But tragically, it’s not just about memorialisation – it’s also about today.

It’s about the rise in antisemitism right across our societies. It’s about the issue that if we fail our Jewish communities today, we fail the entire European project. As we push back against antisemitism, let’s confront and repudiate all hate, including the hate against Roma, who themselves were subject to genocide. The hate against LGBTI people.

It’s only together that we can eradicate hate from our societies.