Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27 commemorates the day in 1945 when Allied forces liberated the Nazi’s largest concentration camp, Auschwitz. Here are some facts about Holocaust Memorial Day and why this anniversary is observed each year.
According to the Holocaust Memorial Day UK website, “Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) encourages remembrance in a world scarred by genocide”.
Holocaust Memorial Day is held on the anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, and is a day to remember the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust, and millions more who were persecuted.
This day is also one on which to remember the other victims of the Nazis, as well as people who died in genocides which followed, including in Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia, and Darfur.
These are eight facts about Holocaust Memorial Day.
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7 – The gates of Auschwitz were decorated with a slogan reading “arbeit macht frei”
This German phrase translates to “work sets you free”.
8 – Many holocaust survivors are still alive today
Survivors of the holocaust live around the world, but in Israel they reported a total of 180,000 holocaust survivors living there at the end of 2020.