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Holocaust Memorial Day 2023: History, meaning and theme

The UN General Assembly declared January 27 as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 1 November 2005, remembering the millions of lives lost to genocide. This date also marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. This year's theme for Holocaust is remembrance and education: 'Home and belonging'



Found in cities in Italy and across Europe, stolpersteine are installed outside the last chosen residence of Holocaust victims, listing their name, date of birth, date and place of deportation, and their fate. This picture is from Rome’s Monti district.
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Found in cities in Italy and across Europe, stolpersteine are installed outside the last chosen residence of Holocaust victims, listing their name, date of birth, date and place of deportation, and their fate. This picture is from Rome’s Monti district.
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The 'Book of Names' at the United Nations contains names of millions of Nazi victims, gives millions perished in the Holocaust an everlasting name. The book was showcased as an exhibit at UN headquarters.
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The 'Book of Names' at the United Nations contains names of millions of Nazi victims, gives millions perished in the Holocaust an everlasting name. The book was showcased as an exhibit at UN headquarters.
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Gathering in Baku to commemorate the international Holocaust Memorial Day and pay tribute to the victims.  Israel, Azerbaijan and the international community stands united against growing antisemitism and hate.
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Gathering in Baku to commemorate the international Holocaust Memorial Day and pay tribute to the victims. Israel, Azerbaijan and the international community stands united against growing antisemitism and hate.
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Naor Gilon (Ambassador of Israel to India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan), lights candles in the memory of Holocaust victims.
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Naor Gilon (Ambassador of Israel to India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan), lights candles in the memory of Holocaust victims.
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Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, UK organised Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony alongside survivors. They pledged to light candles and encourage #LightTheDarkness to remember those who were murdered and to stand against hatred today.
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Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, UK organised Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony alongside survivors. They pledged to light candles and encourage #LightTheDarkness to remember those who were murdered and to stand against hatred today.
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78 years ago, on January 27th 1945, the Soviet Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp.
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78 years ago, on January 27th 1945, the Soviet Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp.
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Exhibition 'Days beyond time' to preserve the memory of all the victims with Israel in Geneva and UN Geneva.
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Exhibition 'Days beyond time' to preserve the memory of all the victims with Israel in Geneva and UN Geneva.
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This year' International Holocaust Remembrance Day will be observed on the theme 'Home and Belonging'. The theme 'highlights the multidimensional human needs of victims of atrocity crimes and the dangers of hate speech, antisemitism,Holocaust distortion and denial, and prejudice', according to the UN.
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This year' International Holocaust Remembrance Day will be observed on the theme 'Home and Belonging'. The theme 'highlights the multidimensional human needs of victims of atrocity crimes and the dangers of hate speech, antisemitism,Holocaust distortion and denial, and prejudice', according to the UN.
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