International Holocaust Remembrance Day

annually 27 January is International Holocaust Remembrance Day (International Holocaust Remembrance Day), which is the first World Day of Holocaust Remembrance. The day was approved by the UN General Assembly November 1 in 2005, in resolution 60/7.

The UN General Assembly began a special session dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the liberation by Soviet troops of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz January 27, 1945, with a minute of silence. During the existence of Auschwitz in it were killed, according to some estimates, between 1.5 to 2.2 million people.

The meeting was opened by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who called for "present and future generations" is not a repeat the horrors of fascism.

«Today is the day we honor the victims of the Holocaust, the Allied powers, whose troops defeated Nazism, and those brave souls who risked and sometimes sacrificed their lives to save others," — said Annan. He also stressed that "we must not pass by the cases of revival of anti-Semitism and must be ready to act against its new forms. This commitment we are not only to the Jewish people, but to all others who are at risk or vulnerable to such a fate. We must not close our eyes to the ideology of hatred and discrimination, wherever they appear».

At wishes Kofi Annan said the Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom. With words of gratitude, he turned from the podium to the Allied troops who liberated the prisoners from the death camps 60 years ago.

«Liberating soldiers of the anti-Hitler coalition showed that humanity is capable of good. In the face of indifference to the suffering of others, they showed compassion. In the face of deception they have demonstrated courage and determination ", — said Shalom.

Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, who was also present at the session, said that a democratic Germany has learned from the fatal mistakes of previous generations of Germans that led to the monstrous crimes of the Nazi regime.

«Our past requires us to an uncompromising fight against anti-Semitism, xenophobia and intolerance," — said Fisher.

The session came not only politicians were among the guests and the people directly survivors of torture Nazis. Therefore, the event was historic. As reported, the holding of such a meeting was made possible after extensive diplomatic efforts, Israel, the U.S., Russia, the European Union and other countries, resulting in 156 countries supported the holding of such an event.