Holocaust Remembrance Day

News in Brief 27 January 2020

  • Societies must unite against ‘global crisis of antisemitic hatred’
  • Libya: UN report urges accountability for deadly migrant attack
  • UNESCO chief demands justice for killing of Iraqi reporters
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Societies must unite against ‘global crisis of antisemitic hatred’, Guterres urges

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, and the six million Jews and others murdered on Nazi orders during the Holocaust, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a ceremony in New York on Monday that the world must “re-commit to preventing any repetition of those crimes”.

75 years after Auschwitz liberation, antisemitism still threatens ‘foundations of democratic societies’

Commemorating 75 years since the liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, independent UN rights experts said on Thursday that “urgent action” is needed to combat mounting antisemitism.

News in Brief 23 January 2020

  • Top UN court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide
  • 75 years post-Auschwitz, antisemitism still threatens democracy
  • Global forestry gets a boost
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Holocaust reminds new generations that ‘the unthinkable is always possible’

An important lesson for young people to learn from the Holocaust is that individuals “have more power than they realize” to make sure that history is not forgotten, according to Sara Bloomfield, Director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ms. Bloomfield said youth the world over had a responsibility to ask what role they can play. 

 

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Stand together against the “normalization of hate”: UN chief

Remembering the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, the UN chief has called on everyone around the world to “stand together against the normalization of hate”.

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