UN designates 27 Jan international Holocaust day

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2 November 2005, NEW YORK - The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday designated January 27 of each year as the international date for the commemoration of victims of the Holocaust.

2 November 2005

NEW YORK - The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday designated January 27 of each year as the international date for the commemoration of victims of the Holocaust.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan described the Holocaust as a "unique evil."

The decision marked a further step to embrace Israel by the international body, which in past decades was dominated by anti- Israeli sentiment in the major voting blocs of Arab and non-aligned nations.

The 191-nation assembly in January held a debate on the Holocaust - the first such meeting since the end of World War II, during which Nazi Germany orchestrated the killing of 6 million Jews.

January 27 is the day in 1945 when Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, where an estimated 1 million Jews died. Germany has marked Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 since 1996.

The international remembrance day will be an important reminder of "the universal lessons of the Holocaust, a unique evil which cannot simply be consigned to the past and forgotten," Annan said in a statement.

In addition to designating the international day, the U.N. assembly has also adopted a programme known as the Holocaust and the U.N. aimed at mobilizing civil society for Holocaust remembrance and education "in order to prevent future acts of genocide."

DPA

Subject: German news

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