Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a worldwide memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust. Today’s date was chosen and designated by the United Nations in November of 2005, because it’s the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviets.

Interestingly, the UN’s original resolution seems designed to stick it to the Holocaust deniers. “Rejecting any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part,” read a press release issued at the time, “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 Holocaust may thankfully be just a memory (of a real campaign of genocide that actually occurred), but religious intolerance and harassment of ethnic communities are sadly alive and well. Do take a moment today to learn more about past horrors and current events alike.

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