International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an international memorial day on 27 January commemorating the victims of the Holocaust.

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This day commemorates the genocide, by the German Nazi regime and its collaborators, that resulted in the death of an estimated

  • 6 million Jews,
  • 1 million Roma,
  • 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people,
  • and 9,000 homosexual men.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/7 on 1 November 2005 during the 42nd plenary session. The resolution came after a special session was held earlier that year on 24 January 2005 during which the United Nations General Assembly marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust.

On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by Soviet troops; thus this year marks the 70th anniversary.

(Text based on Wikipedia)

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