World Remembers Victims of Holocaust
By VOA News
27 January 2008

At former Nazi death camps and many other places worldwide – in Europe, Israel, the United States and the United Nations, among others – people remembered victims of the Holocaust on Sunday.

President Bush, who recently visited Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, called on Americans to honor the memory of millions of innocent civilians – most of them Jews – killed by the Nazi German regime during World War II. In a statement, the president says it is still important in the 21st Century to remember the Holocaust, and the dangers posed by totalitarian ideologies that embrace violence, hatred and bigotry

Memo From Berlin
Germany Confronts Holocaust Legacy Anew

Published: January 29, 2008

BERLIN — Most countries celebrate the best in their pasts. Germany unrelentingly promotes its worst.

The enormous Holocaust memorial that dominates a chunk of central Berlin was completed only after years of debate. But the building of monuments to the Nazi disgrace continues unabated.

On Monday, Germany’s minister of culture, Bernd Neumann, announced that construction could begin in Berlin on two monuments: one near the Reichstag, to the murdered Gypsies, known here as the Sinti and the Roma; and another not far from the Brandenburg Gate, to gays and lesbians killed in the Holocaust.

In November Germany broke ground on the long-delayed Topography of Terror center at the site of the former Gestapo and SS headquarters. And in October, a huge new exhibition opened at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. At the Dachau camp, outside Munich, a new visitor center is set to open this summer. The city of Erfurt is planning a museum dedicated to the crematoriums. There are currently two exhibitions about the role of the German railways in delivering millions to their deaths.


UNESCO marks Holocaust Day

UNESCO marked Holocaust Remembrance Day at its Paris headqarters for the first time.

The United Nations inaugurated the commemoration in 2005.

Against a backdrop of 180 yahrzeit candles. the program included speeches by UNESCO, French and philanthropic leaders. They included UNESCO’s director, Gen. Koichiro Matsuura, and Simone Veil, a former French minister and Auschwitz survivor who is the honorary president of the Rothchild Foundation


WARSAW, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) — Observances marking the 63rd anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz were held at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oswiecim on Sunday.
This year’s observances headlined “Lost Families” were held under the patronage of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, Polish news agency PAP reported.

Speaking about the heroes who helped people during WWII, Minister at the Presidential Chancellery Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka said the world should remember all those who opposed the killing of the innocent.


World Commemorates Holocaust

by Hillel Fendel

( Israel’s Cabinet, in its weekly Sunday meeting, discussed anti-Semitism around the world. This, in honor of “International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust,” which the United Nations has set for today.

The UN resolution setting January 27 as the date for international remembrance of the Holocaust was passed in November 2005, more than 60 years after the end of World War II.



Serbia marks Holocaust Remembrance Day
27 January 2008

Today, Serbia, along with the rest of the world, remembers the victims of the Second World War Holocaust.

The central commemoration was held today at the site of the former Nazi camp of Topovske Šupe in Belgrade.

President Boris Tadić took part in the ceremonies at the memorial park, which marks the location that saw around 5,000 of Serbia’s Jews and Romas transported to execution.