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International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27

It would be a dangerous error to think of the Holocaust as simply the result of the insanity of a group of criminal Nazis. On the contrary, the Holocaust was the culmination of millennia of hatred, scapegoating and discrimination targeting the Jews, what we now call anti-Semitism.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

January 27 is designated by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Since 2005, the UN and its member states have held commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism. Since 2010, the UN has designated specific themes for the annual commemorations that focus on topics such as collective experiences and universal human rights.

The date marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and is meant to honor the victims of Nazism. The same resolution also supports the development of educational programs to remember the Holocaust and to prevent further genocide.

The UN’s Holocaust remembrance events for 2020 are listed here. This year’s theme is “75 years after Auschwitz –
Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice.”