International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27, 2021 #holocaust #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated on January 27th.  January 27, 2021 is the 76th anniversary of  the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration, the ending of World War ll and the ending of the Holocaust.  The theme guiding Holocaust remembrance and education in 2021 is “Facing the Aftermath: Recovery and Reconstitution after the Holocaust”. It focuses on the measures taken in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust to begin the process of recovery and reconstitution of individuals, community, and systems of justice. Integral to the process of reconstitution was the accurate recording of the historical account of what happened before and during the Holocaust. Challenging the denial and distortion of the historical events was interwoven in the processes of recovery and reconstitution. The theme examines the contribution of the responses to the victims of the Holocaust, and of the survivors, to addressing the needs of the contemporary world, and to the historical record of the Holocaust. Against a global context of rising antisemitism and increasing levels of disinformation and hate speech, Holocaust education and remembrance is even more urgent, as is the development of an historical literacy to counter repeated attempts to deny and distort the history of the Holocaust.


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.


With the pandemic the following events will be virtual.


To read what the United Nations will be doing on January 21, 27,28, February 4 and February 11 for commemoration see:

To see what Yad Vashem is doing for International Holocaust Memorial Day see:


To see what the Wiener Holocaust Library in London, England will be doing see:

Registration is required. It’s free.


House of European History


To see what the US Holocaust Memorial Museum will be doing go to:

Social media #WeRemember


Holocaust Museum of Los Angeles


University of Michigan-Dearborn


Holocaust Center for Humanity (Seattle, Washington)


Midwest Center for Holocaust Education


(US) National Archives


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 2021 Yom Hashoah is observed on April 9 (starting sunset the evening before). 


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee