Naci Koru, the Ambassador and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; İsak Haleva, The Chief Rabbi of Turkey; Ertan Tezgör, the Ambassador and the Head of the Turkish Delegation to the IHRA; İshak İbrahimzadeh, the President of the Jewish Community of Turkey; Can Has, the President of Kadir Has University trustees; some politicians, academics, and members of the Jewish community attended this ceremony.
Before entering the conference room, participants were able to visit the exhibition called ‘The Symbols of the Holocaust’, the pictures of the Nazi concentration camps taken by Alberto Modiano, the photograph editor of the Shalom Newspaper. Following, the program started with a concert by Ulus Jewish School students Nesya Eskenazi on the piano and Estella Gabay on the violin who successfully played Oyfn Pripetshik’s famous tunes, identified with the Holocaust.
The message of Mr. Ahmet Davudoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs was read out in the ceremony as he was not able to attend due to the visit of French President Hollande to Turkey.
This was followed by the speeches of Can Has, the President of Kadir Has University trustees; Umut Uzer, the Associate Professor from Istanbul Technical University; Ambassador Ertan Tezgör; İshak İbrahimzadeh, the President of the Jewish Community of Turkey; and Naci Koru, the Ambassador and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
After the speeches, the candle lighting ceremony for the victims of the Holocaust took place. The candles were lit by Rabbi İsak Haleva, Ambassador Mr Naci Koru, Mr Can Has, and the high school students of The Jewish School after the prayers of the Chief Rabbi İsak Haleva.
The messages that were sent to the International Commemoration Day of the Holocaust victims:
The speeches that took place at the International Commemoration Day of the Holocaust victims:
Images from the ceremony: