International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2017

Today marks the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp 72 years ago.  In 2005 the United Nations drafted Resolution 60/7 establishing January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.   Today, member states and their respective historical organizations, including archives, hold events and ceremonies in honor of those effected by the Holocaust.

This year, the Ukraine will be opening exhibits to the public featuring Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, author of “Night”, and photographer Luigi Toscano.  At Auschwitz-Birkenau near Oswiecin, Poland, items not previously on display from a 1967 excavation can be viewed at the Auschwitz Memorial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Here in the United States, events will be taking place across the nation.  In Washington D.C., the Holocaust Memorial is hosting the Swedish ambassador to the United States and Holocaust survivor, Bjorn Lyrvall to speak.  A candle light vigil will follow.

For more information on these and other remembrance events please visit the following:

The Auschwitz Memorial:

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance:

The Jerusalem Post:

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: