International Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, also called the International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. This is the day Auschwitz was liberated. In 2005, the United Nations (UN) made this day an international day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The UN urges every member state to "honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides."
As one response to the UN call for education, the state of North Carolina enacted the Gizella Abramson Holocaust Education Act (NC Gen. Stat. 115C-81.57), which requires the Holocaust to be taught in public schools. This Act went into full effect Fall of 2023. North Carolina is one of 22 states in the United States requiring that the Holocaust be taught in the classroom.
Take a moment on January 27, to remember the victims and the survivors of Auschwitz and the Holocaust, and join us for our annual Memorial Service.