Holocaust Memorial Day
On 27 January 1945, the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in occupied Poland was liberated. On 1 November 2005, Kofi Annan, the secretary-general of the United Nations at that time, declared the day on which Auschwitz was liberated a day of commemoration: The victims of the Holocaust and other genocides (Cambodia, Rwanda, Srebrenica, and Darfur) are remembered worldwide on Holocaust Memorial Day. Auschwitz has developed into a universal symbol of mass destruction of innocent civilians. Holocaust Memorial Day has broadened the significance of the Auschwitz Memorial in Amsterdam and many organisations in the Netherlands organise activities related to this day. Read the entire programme.
The activities are concluded with the ceremony of Holocaust Memorial Day/National Auschwitz Memorial, which takes place in Amsterdam on the last Sunday in January.Initiative in the Netherlands