Marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day
November 1, 2005, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution
January 27 as International Day of Commemoration in memory
of the victims of the Holocaust. Rejecting
any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in
full or in part, the General Assembly adopted by consensus
a resolution (A/RES/60/7) condemning "without reserve" all
manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment
or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic
origin or religious belief, whenever they occur.
that the United Nations would designate 27 January – the anniversary
of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp – as an annual
International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of
the Holocaust, and urged Member States to develop educational
programmes to instil the memory of the tragedy in future generations
to prevent genocide from occurring again, and requested the
United Nations Secretary-General to establish an outreach programme
on the "Holocaust and the United Nations", as well
as measures to mobilize civil society for Holocaust remembrance
and education, in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.
Ehud Olmert to the Cabinet (27 January): "Today, January
27, the day on which Auschwitz – which is so identified in
the world’s consciousness with the Holocaust and the
annihilation of the Jews – was liberated, the world marks International
Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Knesset will hold a special
discussion tomorrow. Today is also Israel’s Day to Combat
Anti-Semitism. The Government of Israel monitors displays of
anti-Semitism around the world and the steps necessary to deal
with the phenomenon."
A new Yad
Vashem exhibit, BESA: A Code of Honor – Muslim Albanians Who
Rescued Jews During the Holocaust, Photographer: Norman Gershman,
will be displayed at the United Nations Headquarters for International
Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2008.
has decided to initiate an International Youth Congress as
part of the proceedings marking International Holocaust Remembrance
Day on January 27, 2008. This conference, gathering youth leaders
from across the globe to meet, converse and make the voice
of their generation heard on the subject of shaping Holocaust
remembrance and its significance for the future, will be held
at Yad Vashem.
congress will bring together students from all around the world
in a joint effort to expand their knowledge on Holocaust-related
issues, such as the challenges of preserving the memory of
the Holocaust in the 21st century which will ultimately enable
them to draft a declaration that will strengthen their commitment
to Holocaust remembrance and its implications for future generations.
in the Ghetto
in the Ghetto" is a new website about children, written
for children. It portrays life during the Holocaust from the
viewpoint of children who lived in the ghetto, while attempting
to make the complex experience of life in the ghetto as accessible
as possible to today’s children.
the description of the hardships of ghetto life, it also presents
the courage, steadfastness and creativity involved in the children’s
lives. One of the most important messages to be learned is
that despite the hardships, there were those who struggled
to maintain humanitarian and philanthropic values, care for
one another, and continue a cultural and spiritual life.
At the center
of this site is an imaginary representation of a street in
the ghetto. The site invites children to “move around
the street” and “enter” various locations
in it. In each of the locations, original exhibits such as
video testimonies, photographs, paintings, artifacts etc. are
accompanied by interactive and thought-provoking activities.
The site "Children
in the Ghetto" is a result of fruitful cooperation between
Snunit – a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing online
education, established by the Hebrew University and the International
School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. This site was made
possible with the support of the Claims Conference on Jewish
Material Claims Against Germany.
by the President in Memory
of the Victims of the Holocaust
On the third International Day of Commemoration, we remember and
mourn the victims of the Holocaust.
Bush participating in a memorial ceremony in the Hall
of Remembrance. In the background (right to left),
Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev,
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President Shimon Peres,
Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council Joseph (Tommy) Lapid.
was deeply moved by my recent visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s
Holocaust Museum. Sixty-three years after the liberation of
Auschwitz, we must continue to educate ourselves about the
lessons of the Holocaust, and honor those whose lives were
taken as a result of a totalitarian ideology that embraced
a national policy of violent hatred, bigotry, and extermination.
It is also our responsibility to honor the survivors and those
courageous souls who refused to be bystanders, and instead
risked their own lives to try to save the Nazis’ intended victims.
the victims, heroes, and lessons of the Holocaust remains important
today. We must continue to condemn the resurgence of anti-Semitism,
that same virulent intolerance that led to the Holocaust, and
we must combat bigotry and hatred in all forms, in America
and abroad. Today provides a sobering reminder that evil exists
and a call that when we find evil we must resist it.
May God bless
the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. And may we never