The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27th—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time to remember the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and the millions of other victims of Nazi persecution.  The UN resolution also encouraged the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide.  It rejects any denial of the Holocaust as an event and condemns all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment, or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief.

As we are witnessing an alarming rise in antisemitism around the globe, it is more important than ever for us to recognize the critical lessons of Holocaust history as we commemorate the victims and honor the survivors.

How to Mark the Day

At the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and other commemoration sites, we remember Holocaust victims by reading their names, by lighting candles, and by learning about the Holocaust. All of us can mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day by sharing the truth of the Holocaust and by confronting antisemitism and hate in our daily lives.  https://www.ushmm.org/remember/international-holocaust-remembrance-day

Watch the Museum’s award-winning Stay Connected Live series featuring special guest Tova Friedman, who will talk about surviving Auschwitz and the dangerous surge in antisemitism today. The episode airs live on Friday, January 26, at 1 p.m., and will be available to watch on-demand afterward on the Museum’s YouTube page.: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWQC3P4psZP6Mh45xyYa2QepIMgkKD4BA

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has information about teaching about the Holocaust:  https://www.unesco.org/en/teaching-holocaust-genocide

Visit the Jewish Museum Milwaukee (JMM) at 1360 N Prospect Avenue.  A special exhibit “The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis” runs from January 19 to May 19.  For more information: https://jewishmuseummilwaukee.org.  JMM also offers a virtual museum on its website.