On January 27 the United Nations recognizes the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. “This commemoration was designated by a United Nations General Assembly resolution,” reports Matias Delfino, a graphic designer at the U.N. “The resolution rejects any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, urges Member States to develop educational programs that will instruct future generations about the horrors of genocide and condemns all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief.”
To mark the resolution, the U.N. has produced a poster and postage stamps designed by Delfino issued for the occasion in a joint collaboration between the United Nations Postal Administration and the Israel Post. The stamps are printed in various languages.
The U.N. adds:
Rejecting any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, the General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution (A/RES/60/7) condemning “without reserve” all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, whenever they occur.
It decided that the United Nations would designate 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, and urged Member States to develop educational programs to instill the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from occurring again, and requested the United Nations Secretary-General to establish an outreach program on the “Holocaust and the United Nations”, as well as measures to mobilize civil society for Holocaust remembrance and education, in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.
The Holocaust was a turning point in history, which prompted the world to say “never again””. The significance of resolution A/RES/60/7 is that it calls for a remembrance of past crimes with an eye towards preventing them in the future.
Find out more about Remembrance events here.