27th of January : the International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Echoing the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz Birkenau on the 27th of January 1945, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day urges every member nation to the UN to commemorate the memory of Holocaust victims.
This day second main aim is also to promote the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide. In this consideration, the fight against Antisemitism is one of the crucial themes, as the Nazi extermination policy led to the death of six million European Jews. Many others are also to be counted among the Nazis’ victims, such as Roma people, disabled, homosexuals, opponents.
This year’s commemorations led by the UNESCO are placed under the theme “From Words to Genocide: Antisemitic Propaganda and the Holocaust”. The program includes round tables on past and current hate speech and Antisemitism, as well as a ceremony in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
In this context, the inauguration by German Chancellor Angela Merkel of one of the biggest exhibition of Holocaust art in Berlin on Monday is a strong sign of commitment against Antisemitism. This new museum gathers works of 50 artists who were victims of the Nazis and created their works during World War Two.
A sign particularly welcomed in a situation where the influx of 1.1 million asylum seekers coming from a different cultural background concerning Antisemitism raised fears among the German Jewish community.
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"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan