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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust on International Holocaust Remembrance Day - never forget this tragic part of history.
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January 27 marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day dedicated to honoring and remembering the millions of lives lost during the Holocaust. This date was chosen because it marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1945. Despite its somber nature, this day is an important reminder to never forget the atrocities of the past and work towards creating a better future for all. It's also a day to celebrate resilience and strength in the face of adversity, as many survivors have shared their stories and continue to spread messages of hope and unity. Let us come together on this day to remember, reflect, and honor those who were affected by one of the darkest periods in human history.

History of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Dates

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1945</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Liberation of Auschwitz</div><div class='timeline-text'>On January 27, 1945, the largest Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated by Soviet forces.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1959</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Anne Frank's Diary Publication</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 1959, "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank is translated into English and becomes a literary testimony of the Holocaust.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1993</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Opening of US Holocaust Memorial</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum opens its doors in Washington D.C., to ensure the history and lessons of the Holocaust are remembered.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of Remembrance Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly establishes January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>70th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation</div><div class='timeline-text'>World leaders and Holocaust survivors meet at the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau to mark the 70th anniversary of the concentration camp's liberation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>75th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 2020, International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation with worldwide commemorations and ceremonies.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Holocaust Remembrance Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a Holocaust memorial</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to visit a Holocaust memorial in your area or plan a trip to visit one. This can be a powerful way to honor and remember the victims of the Holocaust.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a virtual event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many organizations hold virtual events on International Holocaust Remembrance Day to educate and raise awareness about the Holocaust. Attend one of these events to learn more and pay tribute to those who were affected.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Read a book or watch a film about the Holocaust</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>There are many books and films that tell the stories of survivors and victims of the Holocaust. Take some time on this day to read or watch one of these powerful works.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Light a candle in remembrance</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Light a candle in honor of those who lost their lives during the Holocaust and take a moment to reflect on their experiences and the impact it has had on the world.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a Holocaust charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Support organizations that work towards educating about and preventing future atrocities like the Holocaust by making a donation in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.</p></div></div>

Why International Holocaust Remembrance Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It honors the victims and survivors of the Holocaust</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day to pay tribute to the millions of Jews and other ethnic, religious, and political groups who were persecuted and killed during the Holocaust. It serves as a reminder of the atrocities committed during this dark chapter in history, and honors those who survived these horrific events.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes education and awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Holocaust Remembrance Day encourages people to learn about the Holocaust and its impact on individuals, families, and entire communities. By educating ourselves about this tragic period in history, we can work towards preventing similar acts of genocide in the future.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It brings people together in remembrance</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>On this important day, people from all backgrounds come together to remember the victims of the Holocaust. It serves as a unifying event for communities and countries around the world to reflect on the past and work towards a future free from hate, discrimination, and violence.</p></div></div>

5 Reflective Facts About the Holocaust

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Holocaust resulted in the genocide of six million Jews</h3><p class='facts-text'>During World War II, six million Jewish people were systematically murdered by Nazi Germany, approximately two-thirds of the Jewish population in Europe at that time.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Holocaust occurred between 1941 to 1945</h3><p class='facts-text'>Although anti-Semitic violence and policies were in place before and after this period, the wholesale, systematic slaughter of Jews mostly occurred in this four-year period.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Auschwitz-Birkenau was the deadliest concentration camp</h3><p class='facts-text'>Out of the 1.1 million people who died at Auschwitz, 1 million were Jews making it the site with the highest death toll.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Holocaust also targeted other groups</h3><p class='facts-text'>While Jews were the primary targets in the Holocaust, millions of others including Romani people, disabled individuals, political dissenters, LGBTQ+ individuals, and non-Aryan races were also persecuted.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>January 27 is a United Nations-sanctioned remembrance day</h3><p class='facts-text'>January 27, 1945, marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Since 2005, this date is an annually observed as International Holocaust Remembrance Day to honor Holocaust victims.</p></div></div>

International Holocaust Remembrance Day FAQs

When is International Holocaust Remembrance Day?

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is celebrated on January 27 every year. In 2024, International Holocaust Remembrance Day will occur on a Saturday.

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