It started with anti-Semitism and Kristallnacht.
It ended with millions of lives erased.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 27 is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Since 2005, the UN and its member states have been paying tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated six million Jewish and millions of other victims of the Nazi regime and its collaborators: Slavs, Poles, Romani people, Serb civilians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, mentally and physically disabled people, and “asocials” (including political dissidents and homosexual men).
Besides honouring the victims of the Nazi regime. its purpose is to promote Holocaust education throughout the world, reaffirming the need to oppose antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance and violence.
The 2019 commemorative theme is “Holocaust Remembrance: Demand and Defend Your Human Rights”, to encourage people to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust, act against discrimination and defend democratic values in their communities, at a time when the spread of Neo-Nazism and hate groups fuels various forms of hatred around the world.