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New York/Canadian-Media: The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau for International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan 27, usually a moment of reflection was observed by United States (US) Holocaust Memorial Museum after reimagining it as a transatlantic digital commemoration.
US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Image credit: Wikipedia
Located among our national monuments to freedom on the National Mall at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington DC, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is a living memorial to the Holocaust, and inspires worldwide citizens and leaders to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.
The Museum provides a powerful lesson in the freedom, progress, and the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values against the dangers of unchecked hatred and the need to prevent genocide and encourage them to cultivate a sense of moral responsibility among our citizens.
Since 1982, the Museum has organized and led the national Days of Remembrance ceremony in the US Capitol with Holocaust survivors, liberators, members of Congress, White House officials, the diplomatic corps, and community leaders in attendance.
This year the museum observed the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau for International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan 27, customarily.
The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Jan 27 was designated by the UN General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day and UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.
Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, also today issued the following statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day:
“Today, I join Canadians in paying tribute to the over six million Jews who were murdered and the countless other victims who suffered under the heinous crimes perpetrated by the Nazi regime. The pain and loss endured during the Shoah will never be forgotten.
We also honour the survivors whose stories and memories paint a vivid portrayal of suffering, courage, and hope in the face of such despicable acts...Through the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, adopted as part of our government’s Anti-Racism Strategy, Canada is equipped with the tools and resources needed to combat antisemitic attitudes and Holocaust denial...Only through effective education, research, and remembrance can we foster a society free of prejudice and discrimination.
In November, I appointed the Honourable Irwin Cotler as Canada’s Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism...“Learning from our past is key to building a more inclusive future.
On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I encourage Canadians to remember the victims, survivors, and heroes who bore witness to the Shoah. Together, we will vow ‘Never Again’.”