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27 January, International Day of Holocaust Remembrance: "Memory, Dignity and Justice" [editar]

Statement FSG 2022


27 January, International Day of Holocaust Remembrance:

It is commemorated on this date, on 27 January, for being the day of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in the framework of the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazi regime during World War II, in which Millions of people were killed (Jews, Roma, political prisoners, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, disabled ...).

The United Nations, in accordance with the mandate established by resolution of its General Assembly, mobilizes civil society for the remembrance and teaching of the Holocaust, in order to help prevent acts of genocide in the future.

The theme guiding the United Nations Holocaust remembrance and education in 2022 is “Memory, Dignity and Justice”. Holocaust commemoration and education is a global imperative in the third decade of the 21st century. The writing of history and the act of remembering brings dignity and justice to those whom the perpetrators of the Holocaust intended to obliterate. Safeguarding the historical record, remembering the victims, challenging the distortion of history often expressed in contemporary antisemitism, are critical aspects of claiming justice after atrocity crimes.

Therefore, Holocaust commemorative and educational activities will focus on the actions undertaken by Holocaust survivors in the years immediately following the devastation and brutality of the Holocaust, in order to reclaim their rights, their history, their cultural heritage and their traditions, along with their dignity. The role played by institutions and individuals in supporting survivors, the far-reaching impact of the Holocaust on families of survivors, as well as in shaping human rights policy and interventions will be explored.

For his part, António Guterres, UN Secretary-General at the Victims' Commemoration Ceremony that took place in New York, recognized that " We know that when young people learn about the Holocaust, they can better understand the fragility of shared values and democratic institutions – particularly in times of social and economic upheaval” and that they can learn ““learn to detect eerie echoes of the past in the prejudice, xenophobia and anti-refugee rhetoric of our own time”.”.

From the Fundación Secretariado Gitano we join, one more year, the remembrance and the commemoration in memory of all the victims of this barbarism. As an organization that fights to combat any act of discrimination, we consider it a priority not only to continue influencing their consideration as part of historical memory, but also to increasingly involve Roma people in the history of persecution they have suffered throughout history, also during World War II.