International Holocaust Remembrance Day
On January 27 we mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
69 years ago Soviet soldiers opened the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau, liberating seven thousand prisoners. Every year, in memory of this event, former prisoners, representatives of government and of various religious denominations meet inside the grounds of the former camp at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 2005. Its purpose is to keep alive the memory of the Holocaust and to educate people around the world about the Shoah as a warning against the effects of hate, racism and prejudice.
In Poland, the main ceremonies are organized at Auschwitz-Birkenau and in Warsaw at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes and the Umschlagplatz. For the first time, a large delegation of from the Knesset will attend this year’s ceremony, marking the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.
To mark International Holocaust Memorial Day, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews will host a concert by Lena Piękniewska – Lullabies for Eternal Rest – at 7.00 PM.
The concert will be preceded by an official ceremony organized by the Shalom Foundation, which will take place at 5.30 PM at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes.
On January 30, at 6.00 PM there will also be a panel discussion – What consequences did the Holocaust have for the next generations?, to which we have invited members of the second and third generation of descendants of Holocaust survivors.