27 January: International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

posted 27 Jan 2014, 00:26 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Jan 2014, 00:49 ]
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
, 27 January 
"The 2014 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is centred around the theme 'Journeys through the Holocaust'. This theme recalls the various journeys taken during this dark period, from deportation to incarceration to freedom, and how this experience transformed the lives of those who endured it. These are stories of pain and suffering, yet ultimately also of triumph and renewal, serving as a guiding force for future generations."
Source: Remembrance and Beyond, The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme.

"International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January, is an international memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust, the genocide that resulted in the annihilation of 6 million Jews, 2 million Gypsies (Roma and Sinti), 15,000 homosexual people and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. It 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."
Source: Wikipedia

The number of Jewish victims of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union is estimated at approximately 2,000,000.