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United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated worldwide on 27 January in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. 

On 27 January 1945, the advancing Red Army entered the Auschwitz-Birkenau  extermination camp complex, liberating more than 7,000 remaining prisoners, who were for the most part ill or dying. The United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 60/7 on 1 November 2005 to designate 27 January as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

Our focus this year is the 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials of doctors and lawyers. These were some of the smartest, most skilled and trusted people in German society who abused human rights in their professional capacity. 

These trials charged Nazi physicians with "crimes against humanity" and violations of Hippocratic ethics. Amongst other charges, lawyers were charged with implementing and furthering the Nazi "racial purity" program through eugenic and racial laws. Most of the victims were Jews, Polish, Russian, Roma (Gypsies), many disabled or having mental illnesses.  

We would like to invite friends of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand and members of the public to join us as we honour and remember the precious lives lost and learn from the past.

Commemoration Ceremony:
Makara Cemetery
237 Makara Road
27th January 2017
1 pm

Public transport will be provided, sponsored by Wilson Funeral Homes. Details will be provided in further communication.

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know that you can attend the ceremony at Makara and if you plan to use public transport.

The commemoration is supported and sponsored by the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, the Wellington Regional Jewish Council. B'nai B'rith, the Council of Jewish Women, the Wellington City Council and the New Zealand Commission for UNESCO.

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