International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2021

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we honor the lives of the 6 million Jewish men, women and children who were victims of genocide, and those who survived to tell their stories so that it never happens again. The Nazi camp at Auschwitz was liberated 76 years ago on January 27, 1945 by the Soviet Army. This day also serves to remind us to protect and preserve the human rights of all people in our own backyard and around the world.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated by the United Nations on November 1, 2005. The UN urges every member nation to commemorate this day, and to develop educational programming surrounding the Holocaust. The resolution establishing the day of remembrance also calls for denouncing hate, intolerance, harassment and violence against any people based on their national origins, ethnic heritage, or religion.

 

Learn More about the Holocaust

Learn more about the liberation of 7,000 prisoners from Auschwitz-Birkenau:
https://www.hmd.org.uk/resource/27-january-1945-liberation-of-auschwitz-birkenau/

Read and listen to stories from concentration camp survivors:
https://www.history.com/news/auschwitz-holocaust-survivors-stories

https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/concentration-camp-survivors-share-their-stories

Explore even more with historical fiction and nonfiction:
https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/book-list/13-important-books-about-the-holocaust/

https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/books/reading-lists/holocaust-fiction-and-nonfiction
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-tools/book-lists/24-books-for-teaching-the-holocaust.html

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