The “Holocaust Remembrance” resolution designates 27 January as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust – observed with ceremonies and activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and at UN offices around the world. Rejecting any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, the General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/RES/60/7) by consensus condemning “without reserve” all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, whenever they occur.
The Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust (DRVH) is an annual 8-day period designated by the United States Congress for civic commemorations and special educational programs that help citizens remember and draw lessons from the Holocaust. The annual DRVH period normally begins on the Sunday before the Jewish observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, and continues through the following Sunday, usually in April or May. A National Civic Commemoration is held in Washington, D.C., with state, city, and local ceremonies and programs held in most of the fifty states, and on U.S. military ships and stations around the world. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum designates a theme for each year’s programs, and provides materials to help support remembrance efforts.
A House Joint resolution 1014 designated April 28 and 29 of 1979 as “Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust.” Senator John Danforth of Missouri, had originated the resolution, chose April 28 and 29, because it was on these dates, in 1945, that American troops — including at least one ethnically segregated artillery battalion of the U.S. Army, many of whose own relatives were themselves interned during the war on American soil — liberated the Dachau concentration camp and a number of its satellite camps.
In 2005, the United Nations established a different date for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27 — the day in 1945 when the Soviet Red Army liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp — but the Yom HaShoah date of Nisan 27 on the Hebrew calendar continues as the date for the determination of the 8-day DRVH commemoration. This date also links the DRVH to the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943.
Remember The Holocaust
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
~ Elie Wiesel
The Holocaust showed the world that it is a very good idea to rethink ethical dilemmas. Life or death? What makes humans civilized? Is it our willingness to help our fellow human beings? Then why did we betray the Jews in World War II? How did the Nazis manipulate us? Why did we refuse to stand up to evil? This book will help you to search for the answer to the question that only you can answer for yourself…
The Holocaust, the Shoah, or any other name you use to speak of this dark time in world history, is gradually losing some of its urgency. Why do I say that? It’s been 70 years since World War II ended. Seven decades is long enough to remember, to forgive, and to forget.
Forget? It all depends on your perspective. If you are German, you want to atone for the past. Apologize and move on. Nobody should have to pay for the sins of their grandparents, should they? If you are Jewish, you can never forget. Centuries upon centuries of abuse and mistreatment simply can not be forgotten, ever. One can forgive, yes. But forget, never…