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January 27, 2016
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2 p.m.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Combating Hate in Europe
Public Program
Two police officers stand guard after a January 2015 terrorist attack on a kosher market in Paris, France. <i>Peter Dejong, AP</i>
Two police officers stand guard after a January 2015 terrorist attack on a kosher market in Paris, France. Peter Dejong, AP

Around the world, antisemitism, religious persecution, and violent extremism are on the rise, and each threatens the stability and freedoms that democratic leaders are working to preserve. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, join us for a discussion with several European ambassadors about how we can use the lessons of the Holocaust to help combat extremism, as well as stand up to antisemitism and violence against religious minorities.

We will examine what governments are doing and still need to do to educate young people, counter hate speech, and create economic opportunity while maintaining secure borders capable of protecting citizens and offering safe harbor to refugees.

Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States
David O'Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
Peter Wittig, Ambassador of Germany to the United States

Fred Hiatt, Editorial Page Editor at the Washington Post

Join the conversation
Share your reflections on social media using #irememberby and #memory2action.

Watch online
Visit to stream the program live or to watch it on-demand.

The Museum is located on the National Mall, just south of Independence Avenue, SW, between 14th Street and Raoul Wallenberg Place (15th Street) in Washington, DC.

We strongly advise visitors to take the Metro (subway) to the Museum as public parking in the area is very limited.

The nearest Metro stop is Smithsonian (orange, silver, or blue line), located one block east of the Museum. Exit the station at 12th Street and Independence Avenue and walk one block west on Independence to 14th Street. Cross 14th Street and turn left; the Museum is the second building on your right.

The Museum has no public parking facility, but there is a paid parking lot located on D Street, SW, between 13th and 14th Streets, and some metered parking along Independence Avenue.

For vehicles bearing the appropriate access tags, the National Park Service has designated approximately ten accessible parking spaces at and around the Washington Monument, along Independence Avenue west of 14th Street, and at the Tidal Basin parking lot.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day
The UN General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.
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Holocaust Encyclopedia: Rescue
Despite the indifference of most Europeans and the collaboration of others in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust, individuals in every European country and from all religious backgrounds risked their lives to help Jews.
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Holocaust Encyclopedia: Jewish Aid and Rescue
During the Holocaust, countless Jewish organizations and individuals worldwide did what they could to save their brethren. While these rescue efforts were initiated by Jews, most would have had little success without the assistance of numerous sympathetic non-Jews.
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Holocaust Encyclopedia: The United States and the Holocaust: Rescue Attempts
During World War II, the United States failed to act decisively and specifically with regard to victims of the Holocaust. In general, US officials justified such inaction with the argument that military victory over Germany offered the best prospects of halting the killing.
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