Be the Light in the Darkness: Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Jan 27, 2021

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Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27) or International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Today, we remember the millions of people killed by the Nazis, as well as victims of subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. It is an opportunity to reflect on how to challenge discrimination, racism and hatred; all of which have led to such crimes against humanity.
Holocaust education and global citizenship education are historically linked and deeply interconnected. They represent two sides of the same coin: one marks the depth of human suffering and persecution, while the other cultivates the positive values ​​that could prevent such tragedies from happening in the future.
This year’s theme is ‘BE THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS’. Let us consider different types of “darkness”; identity-based persecution, disinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of “being the light”, such as resistance, acts of solidarity and bravery, rescue, and the revelation of lies.
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