Education about the Holocaust

Establishing respect for human rights and fostering global citizenship to prevent extremism, genocide and mass atrocities.


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Annual Day of Commemoration


27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Soviet troops in 1945. This date was proclaimed International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust by the United Nations General Assembly


UNESCO believes that it is essential to learn about the history of the Holocaust in order to better understand the causes of societies’ descent into genocide and to raise awareness about the need to nurture peace and human rights to prevent mass violence in today’s world. The International Day is an opportunity to reach out to Member States and the public at large in a common endeavour to commemorate the victims and their legacy and in a global effort to alert young generations about the dangers of racist and fanatic ideologies.