Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lest We Forget: International Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial, Miami, Florida 

 Today (January 27th) marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD), an annual day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Nazi era. Every member nation of the U.N. has an obligation to honor the memory of Holocaust victims and develop educational programs as part of an international resolve to help prevent future acts of genocide. The U.N. resolution that created IHRD rejects denial of the Holocaust, and condemns discrimination and violence based on religion or ethnicity.

  • Education in the key to preventing the cycle of violence and hatred that marred the 20th century from repeating itself in the 21st century. ~ Elie Wiesel
  • If we forget the story of the Holocaust,, it will happen again. ~ Elie Wiesel
And, it has: 

Pol Pot in Cambodia: 1975-1979 (2,000,000 Deaths)
Kurdistan (Iraq): 1988 (182,000 Deaths)
Bosnia-Herzegovina: 1992-1995 (200,000 Deaths)
Rwanda: 1994 (800,000 Deaths)
Darfur: 2003-present (600,000 Deaths and counting)


Please click HERE to Light Holocaust Memorial Day Virtual Candle of Hope    

A few previous posts regarding the Holocaust you will find on Nick's Bytes:


  1. Thank you for this reminder. We must always remember.

  2. Travis: Thank you for your words. Not forgetting the Holocaust is very important to me.

  3. Dear Nick,
    Yesterday i watched the memorial from Auschwitz. It was live on dutch t.v. and in the evening a repeat for those who had to work during the day. It was very impressive. In the netherlands, on sunday from different city's busses left with people who were reading out loud the 102.000 names of the people who were deported to de camps from my country. Altough it is a black page in our history, it so necesery to remember because is could happen again and we must be on our guard.
    Groet, Elka

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  5. Elka: I wish I had been able to watch that show on Dutch TV. The act of reading aloud the 102.000 names of those deported from the Netherlands to concentration camps is laudable and certainly an excellent way of remembering the Holocaust and its victims. Thank you for sharing with me what your land has done to keep the memories alive, lest it all happen again.

  6. Yes, so terrible that it has happened again, Nick. We must never forget.

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  8. Thanks, Nick, for remembering and reminding me.

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