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"The International Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27th commemorates the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest and one of the most deadly of the Nazi death camps, on that day in 1945. Over one million people, mostly Jews, were killed in Auschwitz. Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. Eleven million human beings across political, social, national, and religious lines, were killed as victims of Nazi persecution. Seventy-five years later, we reflect back on humanity’s worst impulses—Yet in choosing to commemorate the liberation of the camp alongside recalling the suffering that took place in it, the historical moment reminds us that we should persist toward hope and justice, and that it is in our power to fight against such evil—and to win." - Deb Donig, Assistant Professor of English Literature, Cal Poly

Honoring Heroes Working to Stop Future Genocide

Vedran Smailovic

By: Wendy Jewell

Vedran Smailovic 'The Cellist of Sarajevo,' is Peacemaker Jason Crowe's hero.

Immaculee Ilibagiza

By: Molly from Spokane

Immaculee Ilibagiza demonstrates the power of forgiveness.

Romeo Alain Dallaire

By: Steph L. from Peterborough

Romeo Alain Dallaire is a celebrated humanitarian for his work during the Rwandan genocide.

Us and Us

Produced by:Righteous Conversations Project
A look at dehumanization through the eyes of a black teen and the history of genocides.
Elie Wiesel
By: Theresa from San Diego

Elie Wiesel explores the subject of the Holocaust in his writings so people will never forget 'history's worst crime.'

Gerda Klein

Gerda and her husband established the Gerda and Kurt Klein Foundation to combat hunger and intolerance.

Viktor Frankl

By: Cassie from San Diego

Viktor Frankl established a psychological understanding of the human search for meaning.

Related Pages

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

By: MY HERO Staff
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on January 27 to remember and honor the victims of the Holocaust and those who fought the Nazis.

International Holocaust Day | Voices of Survivors

By: MY HERO Staff
International Holocaust Day is observed to inscribe the atrocities of the Holocaust into our hearts and our history. To that end it is important to hear the testimony of the survivors of the Holocaust.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day | Helpers Resisters

By: MY HERO Staff
Honoring those who fought, resisted and helped others during the Holocaust.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day | Artwork

By: MY HERO Staff
Holocaust Remembrance through Art submitted to the Gallery

International Holocaust Remembrance Day | Films

By: Laura Nietzer
First hand accounts of the Holocaust through films.

Holocaust Stories that Include Text with Audio for ESL

By: Laura Nietzer
Let us never forget the Holocaust. These stories all have text with an audio link allowing students to listen as they read along.

Anne Frank & Miep Gies

By: Erin Gruwell

Anne Frank & Miep Gies are heroes to Freedom Writers founder and teacher, Erin Gruwell.

Righteous Conversations - MEDIA Award

Produced by:Righteous Conversations Project
Righteous Conversations Project mentors youth to tell stories that promote tolerance.

The Righteous Conversations Project


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Credit: USHMM

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance
Credit: International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

Echoes and Reflections Holocaust Teacher Resources for Middle and High School
Credit: Echoes and Reflections

Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Visit the MY HERO Calendar

Share Your Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program

Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.

Submit your artwork to be entered in the MY HERO art contest or to be exhibited on our Gallery Homepage.

Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.


Hero Stories curated by MY HERO General Editor and Writer Shannon Luders-Manuel.


Artwork curated by MY HERO Arts Education and Gallery director Victoria Murphy. 

Organizer created on 12/20/2019 12:11:25 AM by MY HERO Staff

Last edited 1/21/2020 7:36:36 PM by Xenia Shin