Sixty-one Years After Liberation of Auschwitz, U.N. Marks Holocaust

By Chanan Tigay

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 29 (JTA) — Sixty-one years to the day after the liberation of Auschwitz, the United Nations marked its first-ever Holocaust remembrance day, commemorating those lost in the genocide that was the impetus for the world body’s birth.

The acknowledgment was long overdue, said those who attended last Friday’s ceremony in a packed General Assembly Hall.

“For us survivors, this commemoration under U.N. auspices is a muted triumph,” said Roman Kent, chairman of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. “It is imperfect justice, for it took 60 years for the crimes committed during the Holocaust to be properly acknowledged by the United Nations.” MORE.