January 27 – Memory Day / Il Giorno della Memoria

I wrote this post last year, but I deeply believe it is worthing to republish it again and again.

Moreover, here you’ll find a trailer of another Italian holocoust

Extermination camp – photo by Emilio D’Itri – all rights reserved

On January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army entered Auschwitz and liberated more than 7.000 (seven thousand!) prisoners, deported in this death camp between 1940 and 1945.

For the first time the whole world realized what really happened, as Auschiwtz showed its horrors, beyond imagination. Auschwittz was a NETWORK of extermination camps.

In 2000 the Italian Parliament designated January 27 as ‘Memory Day’ an annual commemoration to remind all the people what happened in a recent past, and teach new generation about war’s horrors (for people that may concerned … the Italian law n. 211 dated July 20th, 2000).

In 2005, also United Nations adopted a resolution designating this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, with the important aim to develop educational programs to help prevention against acts of genocide.

It’s important to remember that the aim is not only to commemorate the victims (that is important too!), but to create and enforce a mass awareness about this tragedy, without forgetting the human’s responsibility.

Memory and awareness are the main way we have to not allow future acts of genocide.


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