International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
On this day 73 years ago,
Human history will be forever scarred by our memory of the Nazi Holocaust, which is symbolized by Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest extermination centre.
Today, Auschwitz Memorial / Muzeum Auschwitz was liberated.
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.
We honor the victims of the Shoah. We must recall the horror experienced, and the wisdom they learned.
“Our legacy is in your hands. The task of vigilance is yours. The Shoah was unique in the history of humanity; but the poison of racism, anti-Semitism, the rejection of the ‘Other,’ and hatred are not limited to any one era, culture or people. To varying degrees and in various forms, they have been daily threats everywhere and always, in the past and in the new century that dawns … Our testimony calls on you to embody and defend the democratic values rooted in absolute respect for human dignity, which are our most precious legacy.”