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United Nations Ceremony to Mark International Day in Memory of Holocaust Victims, at United Nations Headquarters, 31 January

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United Nations Ceremony to Mark International Day in Memory of Holocaust Victims, at United Nations Headquarters, 31 January

3 JANUARY 2018

United Nations Ceremony to Mark International Day in Memory of Holocaust Victims, at United Nations Headquarters, 31 January

The United Nations will mark the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust victims and pay tribute to the liberators of the camps with a memorial ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, 31 January, in the General Assembly Hall at New York Headquarters.

The theme for the 2018 observance is “Holocaust Remembrance and Education: Our Shared Responsibility”.  The theme emphasizes the universal dimension of the Holocaust and encourages education on the tragedy so that future generations will firmly reject all forms of racism, violence and anti-Semitism.

Alison Smale, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, will host the memorial ceremony, and speakers will include:  António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General; Miroslav Lajčák, President of the seventy-second session of the United Nations General Assembly; Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations; Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations; and Kelley Anne Eckels-Currie, United States Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Thomas Buergenthal, a Holocaust survivor and a retired Judge of the International Court of Justice and Professor at George Washington University Law School, will deliver the keynote address.  Those attending the event will hear personal testimony delivered by Eva Lavi, a Holocaust survivor.

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