International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust

27/01/2015

Six million European Jews have been killed during the World War II as a part of the extermination plan implemented by the German’s Nazi regime. The Holocaust, as one of the most horrific events in the history of mankind, made the whole world resolute not to let forget the plight and suffering of Jewish people. January 27 as an International Day of Commemoration to honor the victims of the Holocaust was chosen by the United Nations to mark the day when Soviet Red Army had liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945.
Commemorating this day, people not only remembering this tragic historic event, but they are becoming more aware of the more recent war crimes and genocides, and look more in the future to prevent them.
Beside Jews, more than five million civilians civilians including Roma, Communists, homosexuals, ethnic Slavs, persons with disabilities, etc. were also killed in concentration camp making it more than 11 million people. Still there are attempts, most notably by extreme right and neo-nazi organizations and indivudulas to deny both the Holocaust or/and the very existance of the concentration camps. United Nations General Assambly adopted a resolution in which it “rejects any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or part”.
In many countries of Europe the Holocaust denial is forbidden by law, and European Parliament passed a resolution in 2005 on remebrance  of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and racism  in which it “rejects and condemns revisionist views and denial of the Holocaust as shameful and contrary to historical truth, and expresses concern over the rise of extremist and xenophobic parties and growing public acceptance of their views.”