In 2005 the UN General Assembly dedicated January 27 as an international remembrance day for the Holocaust. On January 27, 1945, the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Soviet soldiers. Today the anniversary date is a day of remembrance and a way to honor the victims and to prevent future genocides. UN Secretery-General Ban Ki-moon has dedicated this year’s remembrance day to the 1.5 million Jewish children that died in the Nazi concentration camps, his message about it is worth a read or a watch here. Click through the jump to see more pictures.
The story of the Holocaust is one of the saddest in history. Its one of those things that hearing about just makes me sick with empathy. In an attempt to “purify Germany”, Hitler gave the order to exterminate the “inferior” races. Unfortunately this meant the systematic seeking out and destruction of the Jews. At first it started with making those of the Jewish faith/heritage wear the Star of David somewhere on their clothing. And then pretty soon they were rounded up and sent to various concentration/death camps. In the process some 6 million Jews were exterminated, which is around 63% of the total population in those countries. Chilling statistics.
While it is incredibly sad and a little bit painful to think about this period of history, it serves as a reminder of the danger of this kind of racial prejudice from a leader in absolute power. It also assures that the memories of the 6 million people who didn’t make it will live on. So while these next pictures may be a little painful to look at, its nothing compared to what these people went through. Today we honor and remember the victims of the Holocaust.
To see more pictures of the Holocaust for Internation Holocaust Remembrance Day, check out this Newscom lightbox.
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