European Parliament President Roberta Metsola on Monday was awarded the King David Award by the European Jewish Association for “her support to the Jewish community in Europe,” the multinational body announced.
Metsola received the award after she visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp to commemorate victims of the Holocaust.
During the visit, Metsola laid a wreath at the Death Wall and attended a memorial ceremony, the European Parliament said.
“I struggled to comprehend how a quiet part of the world, surrounded by beautiful Birch trees, provided the setting for the worst crimes man has ever seen,” Metsola said, adding that the entire world must know the “horror that stems from indifference.”
Metsola added that the King David Award “will serve to me as a continuous reminder of those heinous crimes committed against humanity in the past and to recall the importance of speaking up in defense of our common values today.”