Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It commemorates the tragedy of the Holocaust, remembering the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 8.7 million Slavs, 1.8 million ethnic Poles, 220,000 Romani people, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, 312,000 Serb civilians, 1,900 Jehovah's Witnesses, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime. Honoring the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on January 27, 1945 and the end of the Holocaust.
We remember and commemorate these events so that we never forget them. So that we learn from them, for that is the purpose of history. For us to be able to look back and see the events that led to such events and to be able to recognize them as they occur around us.
"The International Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is thus a day on which we must reassert our commitment to human rights [...]
We must also go beyond remembrance, and make sure that new generations know this history. We must apply the lessons of the Holocaust to today's world. And we must do our utmost so that all peoples may enjoy the protection and rights for which the United Nations stands."