International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

The 2012 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust will focus on the theme “Children and the Holocaust”. The United Nations will remember the one-and-a-half million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust, together with the thousands of Roma and Sinti children, the disabled and others, who suffered and died at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators. Some children managed to survive in hiding, others fled to safe havens before it was too late, while many others suffered medical experiments or were sent to the gas chambers immediately upon arriving at the death camps. Highlighting the impact of mass violence on children, this theme has important implications for the 21st century. (United Nations Official Site)

Visit “The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme” here: http://www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance/2012/calendar2012.html.  While January 27, 2012 is “International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust”, there are events running starting today.