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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Credit: Ted Eytan [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr.com

"January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD), an annual day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Nazi era. Every member nation of the U.N. has an obligation to honor the memory of Holocaust victims and develop educational programs as part of an international resolve to help prevent future acts of genocide. The U.N. resolution that created IHRD rejects denial of the Holocaust, and condemns discrimination and violence based on religion or ethnicity." - UN.org

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel

Heroes of the Holocaust


Anne Frank

By: Anna Sponer

Anne Frank & Miep Gies

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

Oskar Schindler

By: Arina from San Diego
Oskar Schindler defied his countrymen and courageously helped to save Jews during the Holocaust.

Kurt Klein

Kurt Klein brought, among others, his future wife, Gerda, and Oskar Schindler, to safety.

Raoul Wallenberg

By: Ms. Fraser's Class
Raoul Wallenberg saved thousands of lives during the Holocaust.

Irena Sendler

By: Kelly from Spokane
Irena Sendler helped Jewish children escape the Warsaw ghetto during the Holocaust.

Hermine Santrouschitz (Miep Gies)

By: Student from RSM
Hermine Santrouschitz (Miep Gies) kept Anne Frank and her family safely hidden from the Nazis.

Chiune and Yukiko Sugihara

By: Eric Saul
Chiune and Yukiko Sugihara believed in freedom and saved many Jews during WWII.

Varian Fry

By: Elliott from Columbia
Varian Fry helped thousands of refugees escape from France during WWII.

Raja Weksler

By: Melissa from Linwood
Raja Weksler helped her daughter survive in a concentration camp.

Illustration for Raja's Story

By: Doug Miller

Illustration for Raja's Story

By: Doug Miller

Illustration for Raja's Story

By: Doug Miller

Survivors of the Holocaust

By: Alyson from Southeast Polk

The Concept of Heroes

By: Elie Wiesel
The Concept of Heroes is the topic of Elie Wiesel's essay, published in My Hero Extraordinary People on the Heroes Who Inspire Them.

Corrie Ten Boom

By: Maddi--14, Maine USA
Corrie Ten Boom risked her life to help hundreds of Jews escape during WWII.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer

By: Katharine from Peach Tree
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and martyr of the Holocaust.

Maximilian Kolbe

By: Richard Grimm
Maximilian Kolbe was a Catholic priest known for his great humanity during WWII.

Wladyslaw Szpilman

By: Adrian from Pleasant Hill
Wladyslaw Szpilman was a survivor of the holocaust but went on to perform beautiful music.

The Danish Resistance

By: Karthik from Washington
The Danish Resistance acted bravely in a time of darkness.


Janusz Korczak

By: Ofri & Dor from Holon
Janusz Korczak stayed behind to protect his orphan students during the Holocaust.

Friedl Dicker-Brandeis

By: Taylor Copeland
Friedl Dicker-Brandeis was an artist and teacher who gave children hope during the Holocaust.

The Bielski Brothers

By: Liam from San Diego
"I would rather save one old Jewish woman than kill 10 Nazi soldiers." (Tuvia Bielski)

Family Heroes


Howard Maffettone

By: Darci from Selden

Joseph Rotblat

By: Dr. Bernard Lown
Joseph Rotblat is a hero and a friend to Nobel Peace Prize-winning doctor, Bernard Lown.

Giorgio Perlasca

By: Matt from Atlanta
Giorgio Perlasca saved the lives of thousands of Jews during WWII.

Ivan Beltrami

By: Jonathan from Washington
Ivan Beltrami joined the resistance during WWII and saved many Jews.

Meer Friedman

By: Jordan from Montreal

David Lissak

By: Ariel from Montreal
David Lissak helped teens get back into school and will be missed by his family.

Helen Freeman

By: Magda Liszewska
Helen Freeman survived the Holocaust and shares her story.

My Grandfather Harry

By: Ellisha from Montreal, Quebec in Canada

Zelman Neudorf

By: Ryan from Montreal

Voices of survivors


Women Transforming Media -- Eva Haller

Producer: Jeanne Meyers, Xenia Shin
Eva Haller's dedication to philanthropy and activism is a lifelong endeavor.

The Potential of One

Producer: Savanna Quale
A Holocaust Survivor who was friends with Ann Frank is Showcased .

Stan Ostern

Producer: by Charles McMahon, David Maekawa & Clayton Sakoda
Produced by Charles McMahon, David Maekawa & Clayton Sakoda - UCSB and The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara - a video portriat of survival - Stan Ostern.

Ruty Hotzen on the Footsteps of Janusz Koschak

Producer: Cheikh Seck
myhero.com/GlobalExchange/gx2/MediaFiles/339.mov

Vera Klement : Blunt Edge

Producer: Wonjung Bae
As her 80th birthday is approaching, Vera Klement, a Chicago-based painter, adamantly starts yet another new work, a portrait of Dmitri Shostakovitch. As she paints and completes the work, Vera, a holocaust survivor, reflects and celebrates on her life and her art.

Overnight Stay

Producer: Daniela Sherer
A grandmother's recollections of people who helped her as a jew in europe during the holocaust.

Sonjias Wreath

Producer: Beauregard Marie
Sonjia Brodecki will not forget her heroes.

Curt Lowens: A Life of changes

Producer: Justin Binder, August Blum, Robert Carlson, Levi G...
The Righteous Conversations Digital Storytelling Workshop brings to the screen Holocaust Survivor Curt Lowens' story of escape and resistance during World War II.

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.

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.

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