International Day Of Commemoration In Memory Of The Victims Of The Holocaust

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust is a commemoration and remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust. It’s also a day when UNESCO reaffirms its commitment to counter racism, antisemitism, and all other forms of intolerance that could possibly lead to violence against a particular group.

This day was first proclaimed in 2005 and is observed on January 27th – the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest concentration camp of its kind. This is a day for all people around the world to remember the victims of the Holocaust and to commit themselves to help prevent any such atrocity from happening ever again.

The History of International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

This day, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, was officially proclaimed by the UN General Assembly when it adopted Resolution 60/7. This resolution marked January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The purpose of this resolution isn’t just to mark the day as a day of international commemoration but is also designed to reject any forms of Holocaust denial and to encourage educational programs dedicated to remembering the Holocaust and ultimately avoiding any further genocides from occurring in the world.

Facts About the Holocaust

Below are some somber facts about the Holocaust.

  • On September 15, 1935, the Nuremberg Laws were issued, stripping German Jews of their citizenship.
  • Beginning in 1939, the Nazis forced all Jewish people to wear a yellow Star of David.
  • The Nazis constructed over 44,000 detention centers, killing centers, and forced labor camps.
  • Approximately 6 million Jewish people died during the Holocaust.

Observing International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Holocaust Remembrance Day can be observed by everyone simply taking the time to remember the victims of the Holocaust. All around the world, official remembrances are held, so people can also check those out. It’s also a good day to check out the panel discussions on Holocaust denial and distortion that are usually broadcast online on this day. People should use the hashtag #HolocaustRemembranceDay to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 27 Saturday
Next year (2025)
January 27 Monday
Last year (2023)
January 27 Friday
Culture & History, United Nations