Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27 Photo Essay

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, every member state of the UN has an obligation to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides. This year’s theme is Rescue during the Holocaust: The Courage to Care.


Holocaust Remembrance Day.

‘Holocaust survivors, politicians, religious leaders and others marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day with solemn prayers and the now oft-repeated warnings to never let such horrors happen again.

Events took place at sites including Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former death camp where Hitler’s Germany killed at least 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, in southern Poland. In Warsaw, prayers were also held at a monument to the fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.

Pope Benedict XVI, speaking from his window at St Peter’s Square at the Vatican, warned that humanity must always be on guard against a repeat of murderous racism.

“The memory of this immense tragedy, which above all struck so harshly the Jewish people, must represent for everyone a constant warning so that the horrors of the past are not repeated, so that every form of hatred and racism is overcome, and that respect for, and dignity of, every human person is encouraged,” the German-born pontiff said.'(independent)

In addition to a candle-lighting ceremony, the Museum is hosting a public program with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Captain Witold Pilecki and the Resistance in Auschwitz
Sunday, January 27, at 2 p.m.
Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Theater

Learn more about the program and register here.


A soldier from the U.S. 7th Army looks at the door to a gas chamber in the Dachau camp
Holocaust Horrors
U.S. soldiers discovered these boxcars loaded with dead prisoners outside the Dachau camp. They force German boys — believed to be members of the Hitler Youth (HJ) — to confront the atrocity. Dachau, Germany.
Holocaust Horror
Victim of a medical experiment immersed in freezing water at the Dachau concentration camp. Dachau, Germany, between August 1942 and May 1943. Yad Vashem photo.
Holocaust Horror
German civilians from Nammering are forced to bury the corpses of prisoners shot by the SS during evacuation from Buchenwald to Dachau. Nammering, Germany, May 19, 1945.
Holocaust Horror
Bones of anti-Nazi German women still are in the crematoriums in the German concentration camp at Weimar, Germany, taken by the 3rd U.S. Army. Prisoners of all nationalities were tortured and killed, April 14, 1945 (NARA Photo)

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