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Holocaust Remembrance Day

24th January 2015

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For the theme of this years Zero-five desk calendar I looked to the United Nations observances which “promote awareness of and action on important political, social, cultural, humanitarian or human rights issues”.

Each month the UN celebrates important dates in history or has initiated new observances relating to political or social causes, some you may have heard of and some may be a little more obscure. In 1950, the General Assembly approved the first international day – Human Rights Day – to be observed on 10 December. The United Nations even has it’s own day which is celebrated on 24th October and was initiated in 1948.

The General Assembly of the United Nations designated 27 January – the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp – as an annual International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust.

2015 marks 70 years since the concentration camps liberation. Recent events in Paris only heighten the knowledge that although we live in a ‘free world’ hatred and persecution of people who differ from each other is never far away.

These poignant photographs in a Daily Telegraph article show survivors of the infamous camp as they are today and tell their stories of family members less fortunate – click here.


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