Jan Meisels Allen
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated on January 27th. January 27, 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration, the ending of World War ll and the ending of the Holocaust. 2020 also marks the establishment of the United Nations, formed in response to atrocity crimes of the Holocaust and the Second World War, with the aim of building a world that is just and peaceful. Acknowledging the milestone year, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Program has chosen as the theme for Holocaust education and remembrance in 2020, "75 years after Auschwitz - Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice". The theme reflects the continued importance, 75 years after the Holocaust, of collective action against antisemitism and other forms of bias to ensure respect for the dignity and human rights of all people everywhere.
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.
To read what the United Nations will be doing on January 27, 28, 29 and January 30 for commemoration see:
To see Yad Vashem’s display go to:
The Wiener Holocaust Library in the United Kingdom has a program which may be found at:
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum commemorated on January 24. To see what they did go to:
There are many other venues that will hold commemoration activities. Please look locally for any activities in your area.
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 2020 Yom Hashoah is observed on April 21st (starting sunset the evening before).
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee