Today marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the infamous concentration camp that destroyed so many millions of Jewish and other minority groups’ lives during World War II. It is a day that has become known as International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of The Holocaust or Holocaust Day.
Late last year, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited the camp that now serves a memorial and guardian against the repetition of genocide in any form.
Today, the Secretary-General released this message. In it he calls us to a collective action: “Let us join forces… on a shared journey for a world of equality and dignity for all.”
“This year marks two decades since the genocide in Rwanda. Conflicts in Syria,South Sudan and the Central African Republic have taken on dangerous communal dimensions. Bigotry still courses through our societies and our politics. The world can and must do more to eliminate the poison that led to the camps,” says the Secretary-General.
Take Action Challenge
Take a moment to remember and honor those who have been the victims of genocide. Watch and share the Secretary-General’s message. Learn more at UNESCO.org where you’ll find a video library of survivor recollections — each its own powerful testament to humanity, dignity and courage.