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27 January - International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust

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2021 01 27

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On Holocaust Memorial Day – 27 January the whole world honours about 15 million Jews and other people killed under Nazi persecution.

There were millions of people murdered during the Holocaust. The numbers are high: six million Jews, three million ethnic Poles and three million Slavs from Ukraine; about 2,5 million soviet soldiers, 1,5 million Slavs from Belarus, 400 thousand Serbs, 250 thousand disabled people, 200 thousand Roma, and about 300 thousand other people belonging to other ethnic groups, religion, having either other political views or physical and psychological shortages.

76 years ago, on 27 January, at the end of the World War II the Red Army liberated the Nazis' biggest concentration camp at Auschwitz in south-western Poland, where the Nazis have brutally killed millions of innocent people.

On 1 November 2005 the United Nations General Assembly passed a landmark Resolution 60/7 to make 27 January an annual day of remembrance for the Jews murdered during World War II and officially condemn murder of millions of European Jews along with Sinti and Roma. The Resolutions rejects the denial of the Holocaust, condemns discrimination and violence on religious or ethnic grounds.

To commemorate the victims of the Holocaust the director of the Department for National Minorities under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania Mrs Vida Montvydaitė participated in international conference “Prohibition to Live. The Interaction of the Present and Past” this year. The conference was organised by Panevezys County Gabriele Petkevicaite-Bite Public Library.

Lithuanian Jewish Community organised online discussion “When No Eye-Witnesses Remain” 27 January, 2:00 p. m. at https://www.facebook.com/zydubendruomene.