UN remembers victims of Holocaust's 'unprecedented horror'; 'xenophobia and hatred on rise,' says official

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The UN held a virtual ceremony to mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in remembering the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust during the Second World War.

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The Holocaust "defined the United Nations", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the ceremony, recalling that the UN Charter was drafted in San Francisco "as the Dachau concentration camp was liberated", Xinhua news agency reported.

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In remembering the Jews who perished in the Holocaust, along with the Roma and Sinti, and countless other victims of its "unprecedented horror and calculated cruelty," the UN chief reminded that "our very name was coined to describe the alliance fighting the Nazi regime and its allies."

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"The United Nations must always be on the frontline of the fight against antisemitism and all other forms of religious bigotry and racism," underscored the UN chief.

Across the globe, xenophobia and hatred are on the rise, said the top UN official.

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