International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Today the United Nations commemorate the victims of the holocaust to remind the world of the lessons to be learnt from the Holocaust to help prevent future acts of genocide.

The UN Outreach Program was created at the request of the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 60/7, adopted on Nov. 1, 2005.

The United Nations Department of Public Information has taken the lead in creating a broad initiative, designed to encourage the development by United Nations Member States of educational curricula on the subject of the Holocaust, and to mobilize civil society for education and awareness.

The "Holocaust Remembrance" resolution also designates January 27 as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

It is observed with ceremonies and activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and at UN offices around the world. 

The 2006 ceremony in the General Assembly Hall drew over 2,200 people and was viewed by countless others globally via webcast and live television broadcast.

Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations General Assembly reaffirms that “the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one-third of the Jewish people along with countless members of other minorities will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice.”

In addition, resolution 60/7 rejects any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, and commends those states which have actively engaged in the preservation of sites which served as Nazi death camps, concentration camps, forced labor camps and prisons during the Holocaust.

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 61/255 adopted on Jan. 26, 2007, also condemns any denial of the Holocaust and urges all Member States unreservedly to reject any denial of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust goes against one of the ten commandments in the Bible, "You shall not kill," (Exodus 20:13).

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