International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023

Image: Yad Vashem

The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on 27 January marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year’s theme was “Home and Belonging”.

The UN, NATO, and other organizations hosted memorial ceremonies while Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel shared several resources for commemoration. These include materials such as video testimonies from survivors, educational articles, and an online tool named IRemember Wall, which matches users’ names to a specific Holocaust victim from Yad Vashem’s databases.

The Center also launched two new exhibitions in Berlin and New York. The exhibition in Berlin is entitled “Sixteen Objects” and it features personal belongings of German Jews from the time of the Holocaust that hold special significance in their stories. The other exhibition opened in the UN Headquarters in New York featuring the “Book of Names”, an installation that is made of physical pages containing the names of more than 4 million victims of the Holocaust collected by the researchers at Yad Vashem over the course of its 70-year history.

The materials can be found on the Yad Vashem website.