International Holocaust Remembrance Day
The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.
View or share your reflections about International Holocaust Remembrance Day on social media using #irememberby and #memory2action.
The Museum hosted two events to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony
Featuring remarks from Peter Wittig, the German Ambassador to the United States, and a Holocaust survivor, this program included a candle-lighting ceremony and victims’ names reading. A recording of the ceremony will be available at ushmm.org/watch.
Combating Hate in Europe
Watch a discussion between three European ambassadors to the United States and a Washington Post editor about how the lessons of the Holocaust can help us educate youth, combat extremism, and stand up to antisemitism and violence against religious minorities. A recording of the program will be available at ushmm.org/watch.
Learn More: Stories of Rescue
Confronted with the persecution and murder of Europe’s Jews, witnesses had a choice of whether or not to intervene. Faced with the threat of severe punishment, most people—even those who disagreed with the Nazis’ policies and practices—opted to do nothing. In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we are spotlighting a few individuals who chose action over indifference, both during World War II and in more recent times. These men and women rescued victims and offered safe harbor despite personal risk.
Stories of Rescue remind us of the wide range of choices that we as individuals are capable of making—and that in the face of hatred and injustice, what we do matters.
On social media, tell us about your commitment to act with #irememberby, or share one of these stories using #memory2action.