January 27, 2021
A n t ó n i o G u t e r r e s
Video Courtesy, United Nations - Holocaust Encyclopedia Britannica
T H E M E for 2 0 2 1
“Facing the Aftermath: Recovery and Reconstitution after the Holocaust”
M E S S A G E for 2 0 2 1
"Today we honour the memory of the six million Jews and millions of others who were systematically murdered in
the Holocaust by the Nazis and their collaborators.
This year’s anniversary takes place under the shadow
of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has revealed
longstanding fractures and injustices in our
societies and contributed to a resurgence
in antisemitism and xenophobia.
The Holocaust was the culmination of two
millennia of discrimination, attacks, expulsions
and periodic mass killings of Jews. It should
have ended antisemitism for good.
But it did not. Antisemitism unfortunately
remains alive and well.
Today, white supremacists and neo-Nazis are resurgent, organizing and recruiting across borders, intensifying
their efforts to deny, distort and rewrite history
including the Holocaust.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given them new
opportunities to target minorities, based on religion,
race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation,
disability and immigration status.
We must make urgent joint efforts to stop them.
As we consider the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,
we must address the fragilities and gaps exposed by
the pandemic and strengthen our mutual bonds,
based on our common humanity.
This year must be a year of healing. Healing from the
pandemic, and healing our broken societies in which
hatred has all too easily taken root.
As we remember those who died in the Holocaust and
honour the survivors, our best tribute is the creation
of a world of equality, justice and dignity for all.
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The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme
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"Rejecting any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, the General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/RES/60/7) by consensus condemning "without reserve" all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, whenever they occur.
The resolution declared that the United Nations would designate 27 January -- the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp -- as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and urged Member States to develop educational programmes to instil the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from occurring again. It requested the United Nations Secretary-General to establish an outreach programme on the "Holocaust and the United Nations", as well as institute measures to mobilize civil society for Holocaust remembrance and education, in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 61/255 which also condemns any denial of the Holocaust and urges all Member States unreservedly to reject any denial of the Holocaust.
The Holocaust was a turning point in history, which prompted the world to say "never again". The significance of resolution A/RES/60/7 is that it calls for a remembrance of past crimes with an eye towards preventing them in the future."
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A Time to Remember and . . .
Courtesy, Wikimedia Commons - Author, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,
Courtesy of Muzej Revolucije Narodnosti Jugoslavije
Yugoslav women and children are gathered in a wooded area
during a deportation action - 1942
Holocaust Remembrance Day
The day that Auschwitz was
liberated, January 27, 1945
is now an
International Day of Commemoration
Courtesy, Library of Congress
The photograph above is a still shot from a film made by the Soviet Union in
February 1945 after Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. The photo shows
two women in the foreground who are lying on the
brick stove down the center of the barrack,
as they huddle under blankets trying to keep warm.
Men, Women and Children
Young and Old Alike;
Slaughtered during the Nazi Holocaust:
Lawlessly killed Morning, Noon and
More than six-million Souls were
ripped apart in utter despair . . .
Before the eyes of Heaven and Earth:
Abominable! Unjust! Unfair!
Tyranny launched a most heinous
Monstrous crimes - even in the flesh -
against Humanity's Fathers, Sons,
Mothers and Daughters!
And all this took place -
In the 20th Century: a telling sign of
utter lawlessness and disgrace!
The World as a Whole shall
the Holocaust which brought much
darkness, sorrowful grief and great pain!
The World as a Whole make'th
clear and plain of Tyranny's horrors:
Courtesy, Photo Credit: USHMM - Source, http://www.scrapbookpages.com/auschwitzscrapbook/history/articles/Liberation.html
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See Also: "The Holocaust"
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