The International Holocaust Remembrance Day will be celebrated on January 26 and 27. They are intended not only to honor the memory of those murdered during World War II by Nazi Germany, but also to express opposition to those who do not recognize the Holocaust as a historical event. The celebrations in Warsaw will take place in front of the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes.
January 27 was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2005 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This is a date-symbol because it was on January 27, 1945 that the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was liberated. In its resolution, the UN General Assembly called for measures to mobilize nations to maintain memory and education about the Holocaust, so that this time will be a warning to all people against hatred, racism and prejudice.
Celebrations in Warsaw
This year’s celebrations in front of the Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto in Warsaw (ul. Zamenhofa/al. Sendlerowa) will take place January 26 (Friday) at 1:00 p.m. The program of the celebration includes, among others: ecumenical prayer of representatives of various denominations and churches, an artistic performance by actors of the Jewish Theater and the official laying of wreaths. The event is held under the honorary patronage of the Mayor of Warsaw.
The organizers invite all Warsaw residents to join the commemoration of the Holocaust victims on January 27 at 6:00 p.m. by lighting a candle in the window.
Tram with the Star of David
As every year, on January 27, a historic tram marked with the Star of David will hit the streets of Warsaw. The empty vehicle will symbolize a tram running in the Warsaw Ghetto. It is intended to remind the inhabitants of the capital of their Jewish neighbors who were murdered in extermination camps and ghettos during World War II. The tram will run along the route of pl. Narutowicza – ul. Marszałkowska – ul. Stawki – ul. Popiełuszki – Marymont Metro – ul. Okopowa – pl. Zawiszy – pl. Narutowicz.
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