While I was unable to find much information on how International Holocaust Remembrance Day is actually observed I felt it was important to post.

In 2005 the United Nations designated 27th of January as a day to remember those of the Holocaust, to ensure that this tragedy would never be forgotten nor anything like it be repeated.  It is supposed to be marked by all member states as a day to remind and teach their population of the event that transpired within the concentration camps.  At both the United Nations headquarters and of course the Holocaust Museums ceremonies and events take place.  Teachers are encouraged to bring the topic up within their classrooms as well.  The 27th of January was chosen because the largest of the concentration camps, Auschwitz, was liberated on this day by the Soviet Army in 1945.  Of the at least 1.3 million people to have been sent to Auschwitz, only 7,000 where liberated on this day, with 1.1 million having been killed and the rest taken else where.

While I wish that I could report a happy holiday for each day of the year something can not be forgotten, this I believe is one of them.  While we, as the human race, I think have come a long way, genocide still remains.  This is the very essence of why I do this blog and my podcast, the more we know about one another the less likely we will stand for this kind of treatment.  We are all humans and we share this world together, a common heritage in our distant past ties us to one another.  If we know and maybe understand just a little more about those who live next to us or pass us on the street or live in another country how can we not treat them as people, worthy of our respect.

So remember today those who have died, let their suffering not be in vein.

Links:

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Holocaust_Remembrance_Day

UN: http://www.un.org/holocaustremembrance/2009/27jan09.shtml

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=16431&Cr=holocaust&Cr1

United States Holocaust Museum:

http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/focus/ihrd/comment_post.php

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?ModuleId=10005189

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