International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day on January 27th commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jewish people, 2 million Romani people, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/7 on November 1, 2005 during the 42nd plenary session. The resolution came after a special session was held earlier that year on January 24, 2005 during which the United Nations General Assembly marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust.
On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated by Soviet troops, part of the 100th Infantry Division of General Fyodor Krasavina. 1st Ukrainian Front.
The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education of North Carolina (the Holocaust Speakers Bureau) inspires students and members of our community to respect the dignity of all human beings by teaching the challenging topics of the Holocaust, genocide, and tolerance. We work with schools, houses of worship, museums, libraries and houses of worship to develop age-appropriate materials, presentations and programs.
Liberation by Soviet soldiers of some of the surviving prisoners of Auschwitz on January 27, 1945. Above the gate of the camp is the famous sign-slogan “Arbeit macht frei” – “Work makes you free.”