25.01.2019 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the victims of the Holocaust

Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the victims of the Holocaust, 27 January 2019

Today, UNESCO is commemorating the discovery by Soviet troops of the Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp on 27 January 1945.

The largest concentration camp complex in occupied Europe, Auschwitz Birkenau is a memorial site for many of the groups persecuted by Nazi Germany. Auschwitz Birkenau was also the largest industrialized killing centre built to implement the genocide of the Jewish people of Europe. Of the approximately 1.1 million people murdered there, nearly 1 million of them were Jewish, killed simply because they had been born Jews.

The Holocaust was the product of an ideology of biological racism, of which a central element was hatred of Jews. It resulted also from policies of conquest and persecution which ravaged Europe and the world in the deadliest war ever to befall humanity.




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