International Holocaust Remembrance Day
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Describes how he survived to be liberated in the Auschwitz camp
January 27, 2013
The UN 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.
The theme for International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2012 was Children and the Holocaust. Watch or read Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks (external link) on the 1.5 million Jewish children and the tens of thousands of other youths who died during the Holocaust.
At the Museum
For the 2012 commemoration, the Museum hosted a candle-lighting ceremony on Friday, January 27, 2012, for Holocaust survivors, the Washington, DC, diplomatic community, and the general public in the Hall of Remembrance.
In addition, from April 15 through April 22, the Museum led the United States in observing the Days of Remembrance, the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. Read more about Days of Remembrance and how to plan or attend one in your community.