Tonight, the President of the Republic of Srpska Željka Cvijanović attended the celebration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Jewish Cultural Centre “Arie Livne”.
Addressing the gathering, the President Cvijanović pointed out that she was proud of her friendship with the Jewish people and that she was sure that much more could be learned in the future from that friendship, no matter how difficult and intertwined its fate was.
The President of the Republic of Srpska said that it is humanly correct, civilisationally justified and necessary, but also institutional, to develop a culture of remembering the most terrible sufferings, emphasizing that through what they saw tonight one can understand the scale of such severe suffering of the people.
The President of the Republic pointed out that there was not a single Jewish family that did not receive that heavy stamp of the past, and that everyone had the opportunity to see how difficult destinies from the period of World War II marked a whole nation from which much could be learned.
The President of Srpska emphasized that she was proud that there is this cultural centre in Banja Luka that serves as a kind of reminder of the intertwined sad and difficult past that must keep us all awake to understand that some things of the bad past must not be repeated in the future.
“As a community and a society, we have matured over the years, we have faced difficult challenges and today we are facing them. I think that these are things that, when necessary, only deepen our love, attention, faith in ourselves, and gives us a certain strength to overcome these problems and build something that is the future and our faith in it”, said the President Cvijanović.
The President of Srpska said that this is exactly why the Jewish people certainly stand out in a special way, pointing out that so many efforts, faith, joint endeavors and connections, managed to make it what it is today.
“It managed to join the ranks of those peoples who have shown incredible tenacity, but also to show the whole world what all this can be learned and how persistent we can be”, it was emphasized by the President of the Republic.
The President Cvijanović stated that she was grateful to those who gathered to join all those who know that they should always remember those who are victims, not to forget the horrors that brought one nation to such a terrible temptation and suffering, but also them to draw certain lessons from it.
The President of the Republic of Srpska pointed out that she was glad that, as the President of the Republic, she had the opportunity to be the sponsor of this event.