UN to observe first international day of commemoration in memory of Holocaust victims
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2006-01-21 06:37:25

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 20 (Xinhuanet) — The United Nations will organize a series of events next week to mark the first International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust under the theme “Remembrance and Beyond” at its headquarters in New York.

The General Assembly adopted a resolution last November designating Jan. 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camps, as the annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The move is aimed at encouraging remembrance of and education about the Holocaust, in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.

A grand ceremony will be held next Friday, which UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman and Holocaust survivor Gerda Klein are expected to attend and deliver speeches, according to a statement released by the UN Department of Public Information.

Participants in the commemorative event will also include UN staff members, delegations of its member states, non-governmental organizations, media representatives, educational institutions and hundreds of survivors of the Holocaust. MORE.