Georgian President, Polish officials pay homage to Georgian theologist killed in Auschwitz

Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili on Tuesday attended an event in Poland marking the 80th anniversary of Georgian martyr Grigol Peradze’s death. Photo: President’s press office, 07 Dec 2022 - 15:29, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili and Polish Government officials on Tuesday paid homage to Grigol Peradze, a Georgian scholar, theologist, historian and professor killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. 

Addressing the public at the Auschwitz Museum on the 80th anniversary of Peradze’s death, Zourabichvili called him a “symbol of hope” whose “self-sacrifice and bravery showed the virtues that we should all remember”. 

Describing Auschwitz - a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps operated by the Nazis in occupied Poland - as the “closest thing we have on Earth to the gates of hell” and the “darkest, most shameful episode of humanity”, the Georgian official also pointed to Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine.