International Holocaust Memorial Day January 27, 2019 #general


Jan Meisels Allen
 

January 27, 2019 is the 74th anniversary of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration
camp being liberated by Soviet troops. Many governments have legislated that
January 27 is an annual Holocaust Memorial Day to mark the date as an
international day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Holocaust.
The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on
November 1, 2005. The Resolution establishing January 27 as International
Holocaust Remembrance Day urges every member nation of the U.N. to honor the
memory of Holocaust victims, and encourages the development of educational
programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide.

The theme for International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2019 is "Holocaust
Remembrance: :Demand and Defend Your Human Rights ". The theme is to get
youth to learn about the Holocaust and discrimination. It intends to get the
youth to defend democratic principles especially at this time when Neo-Nazi
and other hate groups are spreading hatred worldwide.

The activities for the United Nations Outreach Program include a program on
January 28 1:00PM ET at the United Nations and an exhibition opening on
January 28 : Beyond Duty: Diplomats Recognized as Righteous Among the
Nations. Additionally, B'nai Brith International and the Permanent Mission
of India are sponsoring, India: A Distant Haven During the Holocaust. There
are additional United Nations Programs. To read about all of them see:
http://www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance/2019/calendar2019.html

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Commemoration is a conversation
where you can tune in live at https://www.ushmm.org/watch/ihrd-2019. You can
join the conversation on social media using #WeRemember and #USHMM. Remarks
will be Emily Haber, Ambassador of Germany to the United States, reflections
from Holocaust survivor Estelle Laughlin and a prayer of remembrance.
Yad Vashem has a webpage devoted to International Holocaust Memorial Day
which can be accessed at:
https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/remembrance/2019/index.asp

The United Kingdom also has commemoration whose 2018 theme is: Torn from
home. See: http://hmd.org.uk/

Check your country/local community for their Holocaust Remembrance Day
commemorations.

Some countries memorialize the Holocaust on other days, for example, Yom
Hashoah in Israel and in the United States is commemorated on the 27th day
of Nisan, the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust
Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah. In 2019 Yom Hashoah is observed on
May 2 (starting sunset the evening before).

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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