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A Day To “Never Forget”: the Holocaust Remembrance Day

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we took a visual look at a variety of memorials, museums, and other locations where people gather to remember the victims of the Holocaust.

Every year on January 27, the world comes together to remember the six million Jews who perished by the Nazis regime. The day was chosen as International Holocaust Remembrance Day since it was on January 27 that Soviet Union soldiers liberated the Auschwitz concentration camps in 1945.

During World War II, millions of Jews were persecuted and murdered systematically by Nazi Germany in what became known as the Holocaust. At the same time, the systematic murder of at least five million individuals was carried out, including prisoners of war, Romany, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals. The original meaning of the word Holocaust may be traced back to the Greek for “burnt offering.” 
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IMAGO / UIG | The Holocaust Memorial, Miami Beach Detail of the sculpture of Love and Anguish by Kenneth Treister. March 10, 2008, Florida, United State.

In November of 2005, the United Nations General Assembly passed resolution 60/7, which established January 27 as the day to commemorate the Holocaust worldwide (IHRD). This day is observed to pay respect to those who perished at the hands of Nazism and expresses support for the creation of educational initiatives to commemorate the Holocaust and discourage the occurrence of future genocides. 

IMAGO / IPON | The Holocaust at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. January 27, 2020, Berlin, Germany.

In 2006, the United Nations conducted its first official event at its New York City headquarters. Yearly official commemorations have been held annually at UN Headquarters ever since. Events are held by the United Nations and by governments, organizations, and individuals across the world. We looked visually at a variety of memorials, museums, and other places all across the world where people gather to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust for International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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IMAGO / Felix Mizioznikov | Hand Sculpture at Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach. December 4, 2021, Florida, United States.

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IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Nir Alon | Pages of Testimony, enlarged, are presented in the Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, where the Pages of Testimony of almost 4,000,000 Jewish Holocaust victims are permanently preserved. September 3, 2018, Jerusalem, Israel.

IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Ana Fernandez | At the monument, one of the brick wall’s corners. In the center of Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter is where you’ll find this national memorial. The memorial is made up of a maze-like network of tunnels and two-meter-tall brick walls bearing the phrase “In memory of.” Each brick has the name of a Holocaust victim engraved on it. Most visitors to the monument carry papers with the names of loved ones they lost during World War II in an effort to locate the bricks bearing their names at the memorial to honor them. November 2, 2021, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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IMAGO / Belga / Jasper Jacobs | The Kazerne Dossin Holocaust memorial, a memorial, museum and documentation center on the Holocaust and human rights. January 26, 2020, Mechelen, Belgium.

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IMAGO / EST&OST | Located in Budapest, The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a monument dedicated to the Jews who perished during the Second World War. After being told to take off their shoes, they were shot near the water’s edge, leaving their bodies to fall into the river and be swept away. The monument stands in for the shoes they dropped on the riverside.

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IMAGO / Eastnews | The former Nazi concentration death camp Auschwitz I. April 12, 2018 , Oswiecim, Poland.

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IMAGO / Hans Lucas / Amaury Cornu | The Shoah Memorial, a place of remembrance of the genocide of the Jews during the Second World War in Paris. January 26, 2020, France.

IMAGO / Panthermedia / wjarek | The New Camp barracks in the Nazi Germany Concentration Camp Stutthof. September 5, 2020, Sztutowo, Poland.

IMAGO / NurPhoto / Beata Zawrzel | Artwork in the Krakow Concentration Camp An updated display in the old Krakow-Plaszow concentration camp. May 26, 2021, Krakow, Poland.

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IMAGO / Hans Lucas | Amaury Cornu | Dress of a Jewish girl with a yellow star stitched on it and an old picture of her. The Shoah Memorial serves as a site of memory for the Holocaust committed against Jews during World War II. January 26, 2020, Paris, France.

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IMAGO / Ukrinform | Exhibition items displayed at the Memory of Jewish People and Holocaust in Ukraine museum.  February 4, 2020, Dnipro, Ukraine.

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IMAGO / CTK Photo / Michal Kamaryt | The Memorial of Silence in Prague honors the Holocaust victims with a huge sculpture by Ales Vesely that is styled like a train going to heaven. In commemorate the night of March 9, 1944, when about 4000 captives transported in from the Terezin (Theresiendstadt) family camp in north Bohemia were murdered in the Nazi killing centers in Oswiecim, the artwork is symbolically displayed (Auschwitz). March 3, 2015, Prague, Czech Republic.

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IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Nir Alon | A Jew visitor finds his family names commemorated on a wall honoring Thessaloniki victims of the Holocaust in the Jewish Museum in Thessaloniki. October 8, 2019, Thessaloniki, Greece.

IMAGO / TheNews2 / Edsonxde Souza | The Holocaust Museum, the first of its kind in Brazil, opened on November 20, 2011, with the mission of honoring the Holocaust through the memories of its victims and survivors and serving as a model for the fight against hatred, intolerance, racism, and prejudice. February 9, 2022, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.

IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Teresa Nunes | Former Porto mayor Rui Rio reads the wall of the Porto Holocaust Museum that has all of the names of Portuguese Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

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IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Beata Zawrzel | At the old Nazi Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp in Oswiecim, a handwritten sign with the words “Never forget” was left. April 24, 2017, Poland.

See IMAGO’s curated collections related to The International Holocaust Remembrance Day:

Holocaust Museums and Memorials.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.

Holocaust Survivors.

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