January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi Concentration Camp, International Holocaust Remembrance Day will be commemorated.

Established by the UN General Assembly in 2005, the day aims to pay tribute to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism.

For this occasion, the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) each year comes up with initiatives to broaden awareness of the Holocaust and this year LSM is joining the initiaitive with a range of materials provided in Latvian, English, Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian.  

Auschwitz-Birkenau was the biggest Nazi Concentration Camp and extermination center. Between 1940 and 1945 about one million Jews and 100,000 members of other ethnicities were killed there. It was just one of a huge network of Nazi death camps.

The methodical extermination at Auschwitz lasted until the very end of the camp's operation. On January 18, only a few days before the Red Army entered the Camp’s gates, the evacuation began: nearly 60,000 prisoners were forced to go on a death march and about 15,000 died.

Auschwitz is a symbol of the Holocaust, but this unprecedented crime against humanity took place wherever the influence of the Third Reich reached. As a result of the Shoah, nearly 6 million Jews lost their lives, of which about half are victims of different concentration and extermination camps.

In order to broaden awareness of the Holocaust, during this year's information campaign the following educational materials and academic research are being presented:

More information on this year's International Holocaust Remembrance Day campaign can be found here.


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