Holocaust Remembrance Day marked largely online

Representatives of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies gathered in the Czech Senate on Wednesday for a commemorative event marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, observed around the world on January 27.

The meeting was organized by the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic and the Endowment Fund for Holocaust Victims in cooperation with the upper chamber of Parliament. Due to the coronavirus restrictions in place, speeches by the speakers of both chambers, Michaela Vidláková, a former prisoner of the Terezín ghetto, and Petr Papoušek, chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic, were broadcast online.

A Czech-Israeli meeting at which Czech President Miloš Zeman and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will make statements will also take place online and a gala concert starting in the Spanish Synagogue at 6 pm will likewise be broadcast on the Internet.