“The International Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is thus a day on which we must reassert our commitment to human rights. […] We must also go beyond remembrance, and make sure that new generations know this history. We must apply the lessons of the Holocaust to today’s world. And we must do our utmost so that all peoples must enjoy the protections and rights for which the United Nations stands.” – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Today we remember the victims of the Holocaust and reaffirm our unwavering commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group-targeted violence. Jan. 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on Jan. 27, 1945. It was officially proclaimed, in November 2005, International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust by the United Nations General Assembly.
- Sister Mary Imma (Josefa) Mack, SSND, lived in Germany during WWII. She bravely helped smuggle items into Dachau. Read her story here.
- Learn more about International Holocaust Remembrance Day here.