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Holocaust Remembrance Day 2013

international event calendar

27 January is the date of the liberation of the Auschwitz camp by the Soviet troops. Every year on this recurrence we remember the Jews, political opponents, Roma, Sinti, people with disabilities, Europeans from all nationalities, prisoners of war, homosexuals and other victims of nationalsocialist "final solution". 

Following is the calendar of the initiatives undertaken worldwide to commemorate the gloomiest time in history, with an eye to prevention of future genocide cases. 

Paris, 28 January: conference on Holocaust education: lesson learnt? Followed by commemoration of Holocaust victims, a photograph exhibition about Resistance and Rescue in Denmark, and a multimedia exposition about the protection of human rights during genocides. See link

Berlin, 27 and 28 January: Commemoration of the persecuted homosexuals and conference about Nazi "euthanasia" in a European perspective. See link

London, 24 January: here the annual theme is "Building bridges between communities". A special event is held to commemorate the victims of murder or exclusionary policies in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, as well as atrocities in Armenia. See link

Washington DC, January 24-30. Here we signal an initiative held at the Embassy of Italy, the theatrical show 1938 l'invenzione del nemico (referring to the passing of the so-called "racial laws" by Mussolini's government). See link 

New York, 25 January: official commemoration at the head quarters of the United Nations.

Some countries including Israel do not mark International Holocaust Memorial Day established by the United Nations in 2005, but follow the Jewish calendar and will mark the commemoration in the next month of April. 

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the genocide of Jews

In the framework of second world war (1939-1945) Europe witnessed the genocide of the Jewish people (1941-1945). The “final solution“, the extermination of six million Jews, was planned by Hitler who had come on power in Germany in 1933. Since the publication of Mein Kampf, Hitler had planned the nationalsocialist revolution based on a racist ideology.
In the memory of the Jewish people and in the verdict that closed the works of the International Military Court, 6,000,000 victims of the extermination are estimated. As a matter of facts, the most reliable scholars including Raul Hilberg estimate about 5,200,000 victims.

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