January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day is known in history as the day in 1945 that Soviet troops entered the Auschwitz concentration camp to liberate approximately 7,600 prisoners. Today we honour the memory of the six million Jewish children, women, and men murdered by the Nazis. We also honour the survivors and the people who gave their own lives to save the lives of others during the Holocaust.
This year’s United Nations theme for International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Home and Belonging – invites us to explore and reflect on how victims and survivors of the Holocaust were forced to adjust their idea of belonging.
Here are ways that you can commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day
- Light a candle in remembrance
- Visit a local Holocaust memorial or museum virtually
- Educate yourself about the facts at aboutholocaust.org
- Share a survivor’s story click here