International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Redakcja / Editorial staff, English translation: Andrew Rajcher, 26 January 2024
Auschwitz, the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp, has become an international symbol. The United Nations has declared 27th January, the day of the camp's liberation, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this occasion learn the stories of Jews who survived the Holocaust: see artefacts from the collection of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, watch interviews from the oral history collection on YouTube, read selected stories of rescue on the Polish Righteous website. Last but not least, visit POLIN Museum on January 27.

“If you are indifferent, you will not even notice when some Auschwitz will fall from the heavens upon you and your descandants,” said Marian Turski, Holocaust Survivor, Chairman of the Council of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, during the anniversary commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz on 27th January 2020.

79 years ago, the 60th Army of the 1st Ukrainian Front entered Auschwitz, the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp. In the main camp of Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II (Birkenau) and Auschwitz III (Monowitz) barely 7,000 prisoners were liberated. More than 1.1 million people, coming from almost all German-occupied countries, did not live to see this freedom. The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is commemorated around the world as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, established in 2005 by the United Nations.

Learn the Stories of Jews Who Survived the Holocaust

“When the train entered the ramp in Birkenau, all the doors were opened. We saw soldiers wearing uniforms and leather shoes. Big black dogs were barking. Loud music was playing, the sky was completely dark. We smelled something burning. They brought us to a room where they cut our hair, dressed us up in stripped uniforms and tattooed numbers on our forearms. At that moment, I stopped being Lusia. I became a number,” Pnina Segal says about her first moments at the death camp (watch the interview with her below).

It is hard to find the words to describe the depth of cruelty which was the Holocaust. Thus, all the more important are the words of those who survived. Every year, marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we recall stories of the Holocaust Survivors: 

Visit POLIN Museum

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27), we invite you to POLIN Museum in Warsaw, Poland. Take part in a unique concert of songs by Szymon Laks – an outstanding composer, writer and translator, conductor of the prisoner orchestra in the men's camp in Birkenau. 

On this day, we also encourage you to visit the core exhibition “1000 Years of the History of Polish Jews” (especially the Holocaust Gallery). More information: The core exhibition of POLIN Museum


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