International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022: The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27 the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.
The day remembers the killing of 6 million Jews, one third of the Jewish people, and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.
It was designated by United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/7 on 1 November 2005.
The resolution came after a special session was held earlier that year on 24 January to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust.
Many countries have instituted their own Holocaust Memorial Days. Many, such as the UK’s Holocaust Memorial Day, also fall on 27 January, while others, such as Israel’s Yom HaShoah, are observed at other times of the year.
Commemorations outside the United Nations:
Commemorations are held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and at Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem.
In Austria, commemorations of Remembrance Day have been held at the Heldenplatz in Vienna since 2012.
The broad plattform Jetzt Zeichen setzen! calls for participation of the civil society. Speakers include survivors of the Holocaust, antifascist activists and politicians hailing from parties throughout the political spectrum.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022:
In Israel, the national Holocaust memorial day is known as Yom HaShoah, which is held on the 27th of Nisan.
However, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day is also held in Israel, on which day government officials, diplomats and ambassadors visit Yad Vashem and there are ceremonies throughout the country.
Every year, as part of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs presents the annual report on antisemitism before the Israeli government.
The report reviews the main trends and incidents of the last year, in terms of antisemitism and combating antisemitism.