International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January, is an international memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust, the genocide that resulted in the annihilation of 6 million Jews. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/7 on 1 November 2005. The resolution came after a special session was held earlier that year on 24 January 2005 during which the United Nations General Assembly marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust.
In January 2005 European Coalition for Israel initiated and organized the first Holocaust Remembrance Day event in the European Parliament in Brussels. It has since grown to become an official event of the European Parliament, hosted and organized by the President of the European Parliament.
For the last eight years ECI has called upon churches and faith communities in Europe and beyond to honor the victims of the Holocaust in their Sunday service nearest to the 27th. This year Holocaust Remembrance Sunday fell on 27th January 2013.
Shadows of Shoah is the work of New Zealand artist, Perry Trotter. Using black and white imagery and original music, survivors' experiences are presented in a brief, compelling format. The work seeks to present powerful and evocative art while carefully maintaining historical accuracy. The Shadows of Shoah Exhibition was officially launched by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rt Hon John Key, at an International Holocaust Remembrance Day event January 2013.
Please feel free to use this material in your own efforts to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. The photographs speak for themselves. The video text is English, but if you would prefer it in another language, we suggest you arrange a person to translate into your own language while the video plays.