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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

In 2005, the United Nations designated January 27 as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

This day commemorates the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp that took place in 1945 and honours the memory of the victims and the survivors of the Holocaust (the Shoah).

6 million people of Jewish identity and millions of others were killed in the Holocaust, including those targeted based on their ability, ethnicity, religious and political beliefs, and/or sexual orientation (for example, people with disabilities, 2SLGTBQIA+ people, Roma, Black people, Slavic people and Jehova’s witnesses).

This day presents an opportunity to remember and educate current and future generation about the past, to honour the victims of the Holocaust, and, amid a rise in antisemitism and waning knowledge of this history, actively challenge hatred and discrimination in all its forms.

Read a statement from the AVP, Equity and Inclusion commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Featured events

January 23–29, 2024

UBC Vancouver Bookstore book display

Expand your understanding and knowledge of the Holocaust through a selection of books by the UBC Bookstore.

January 27, 2024

Lighting the Ladner clock tower

The Ladner clock tower at UBC Vancouver will light up yellow to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

January 29 – February 2, 2024

Holocaust Education Week 2024 hosted by Hillel BC

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