Official Ceremony - International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, was proclaimed International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust by the United Nations in 2005.
This year’s International Day will mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Official Ceremony will take place on 27 January at 19:30.
The main theme is “Liberty, Life and Legacy of the Holocaust Survivors”. First and foremost a testament of our respect to those who survived and a tribute to the memory of the victims, this International Day also will be an opportunity to recall the commitment of the international community to taking action against antisemitism and racism, and to preventing similar violence from occurring in the future.
A series of events is organized on this occasion, on 21, 26 and 27 January (screening, concert, round-table, exhibitions).
The Official Ceremony will take place in the presence of Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, Eric de Rothschild, President of the Shoah Memorial. H.E. Mr Carmel Shama Hacohen, Permanent delegate of Israel to UNESCO, Ms Henryka Moscicka-Dendy, Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and of Mr Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior of France.
The ceremony will also feature a keynote speech by Uri Orlev, survivor and writer, the screening of Éclats de mémoire, by Alain Fleischer based on survivors’ testimonies, and a reading of excerpts from a manuscript by Zalmen Lewental, Sonderkommando in Auschwitz-Birkenau, by Ysé Tran, based on a concept by Tania Mouraud.
A part of the official ceremony taking place at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum will also be screened on 27 January at 15:30 at UNESCO.
The International Day is supported by the SNCF and the Government of Canada.