International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The 27th of January, the date that the Red Army liberated Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945, is since 2005 remembered every year as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was decided in a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in November 2005 to designate this date to commemorate all victims of the Holocaust (“which resulted in the murder of one third of the Jewish people, along with countless members of other minorities”). In the resolution, Member States are urged to develop educational programmes on the Holocaust and are encouraged that those sites that served as Nazi camps will be preserved. Many countries followed to commemorate the Holocaust on this date, including the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Marieke Zoodsma