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Marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27
Events Around the World

17 January 2008

On November 1, 2005, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution designating January 27 as International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Yad Vashem will be marking the third annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day in a variety of ways:

Yad Vashem Around the World:

  • 29.1.08: UN Headquarters in New York: Yad Vashems exhibition Besa: A Code of Honor-Muslim Albanians who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust, Photographer: Norman Gershman. The exhibition presents portraits of Albanian Righteous Among the Nations and their families.

  • 29.1.08: UN Headquarters, NY: Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of the Yad Vashem Libraries and an honorary advisor to the new permanent exhibition about the Holocaust to be displayed at the UN building in NY, will lecture on the topic of rescue during the Holocaust at a conference to take place at the UN.

  • 28.1.08: UNESCO Building, Paris: Yad Vashems exhibition Auschwitz: The Depth of the Abyss will open in the presence of UNECSO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura. The exhibit of photos and sketches from Auschwitz was first curated by Yad Vashem for display at the UN marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, January 27, 2005. The opening event will be held under the auspices of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the President of Israel Shimon Peres, and will be attended by Israels Minister of Welfare Yitzhak Herzog, Israels ambassador to UNESCO David Kornbluth, French Minister of Education Xavier Darcos, President of La Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah Baron David de Rothschild, the Fondations honorary president Simone Veil, Chairperson of the French Society for Yad Vashem Corinne Champagner-Katz and Director of the Yad Vashem International Relations Divisions French and Benelux Desk Miry Gross. The exhibition comprises two kinds of rare testimony: enlarged photographs from the Auschwitz Album showing the arrival of Jews from Hungary to the death camp and the process of selection they endured; and the testimony of the Jewish artist Private Zinovii Tolkatchev, who arrived at the gates of Auschwitz at its liberation by the Red Army and, using scraps of paper and pencils, immortalized the terrible scenes he witnessed there. and

  • 25.1.08, Germany: Yad Vashems Exhibition An Arduous Road: Samuel Bak-60 Years of Creativity, will open at the parliament building of the State of Thuringen, in the city of Erfurt, Germany, with the participation of Thuringen Prime Minister Dieter Althaus and President of the Parliament Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schipanski, Israel Ambassador to Germany Avi Primor, and members of Parliament. http://www1.yadvashem.org/exhibitions/Bak/bak_splash.html. On January 15, Yad Vashems Private Tolkatchev at the Gates of Hell exhibit opened in the Parliament of the State of Baden-Wittenberg in Stuttgart in the presence of the President of the Parliament, and Hildegard Müller, State Minister at the Chancellors Office and Chairperson of the German Friends of Yad Vashem, Members of Parliament and others.

  • 28.1.08, Liechtenstein: Commemoration event with the Head of Government and Ministers, held in partnership with Friends of Yad Vashem in Liechtenstein.

  • 25.1.08, Massuah, Israel: Avner Shalev will address the diplomatic corps at a special event at Massuah, the Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, held in cooperation with Yad Vashem.

  • 21.1.08, Spain: Event marking publication of the Auschwitz Album in Spanish, with participation of Isaac Querub, President of Spanish Friends of Yad Vashem, Jon Juaristi, former chairman of the National Library and Angel Vazquez, director general of Casa Sefarad.