Holocaust Remembrance Day


Brett Penk

Holocaust Remembrance Day occurs every year on January 27. This day pays tribute to victims of the Holocaust and of Nazism. The day January 27 is in remembrance of the day Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. Holocaust Remebrance Day was officially proclaimed on November 1, 2005 by the UN General Assembly. This date is also called resolution 60/7. January 27, National Holocaust Remembrance Day, not only remembers the Holocaust, but also rejects any form of Holocaust denial. The resolution encourages members of states of the UN to preserve sites and to always remember. There are many different commemoration activities to remember Holocaust surivors. The commemoration ceremony was first held at the UN headquarters in New York City on January 27, 2006. Nearly 2,200 people attended. Since 2010, each year has held a specific theme. In 2011, the theme focused on experiences of women. In 2012 the theme was “Children and the Holocaust.” In 2013, remembrance events focused on groups of people who saved thousands of people. In 2014, the theme was focused on the journey of the Holocaust. The 2015, theme was how the holocaust shaped the UN. In 2016, it explored the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its  connection to the Holocaust.

2017’s theme was Holocaust education as a platform for human rights, increasing tolerance, and defending our common humanity. In 2018, the theme was “Holocaust Remebrance and Education: Our Shared Responsibility.” On Jnuary 27, 2019, the international community created International Holocaust Remebrance day, marking the aniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. The theme of 2019, was “Holocaust Remembrance: Demand and Defend Your Human Rights.” 2020 marked 75 years after the holocaust so the theme was “​75 Years After Auschwitz — Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice.” This year, the 2021 theme was “Facing the Aftermath: Recovery and Reconstitution after the Holocaust.” This year’s theme focused on the aftermath of the Holocaust. It focused on recovery and reconstitution of individuals and communities. Throughout the month of January and into the beginning of February, there were different virtual events, including discussion and commemoration services, and a memorial service. January 27th is an important day to remember and learn so the history of the past is never forgotten.
Here is a link to look at and view the Holocaust Remebrance events: