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Holocaust Remembrance Day: On the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945
Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945.
Nearly two decades ago, the United Nations General Assembly designated Jan. 27 an annual day of commemoration for its member states, in honor of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism. (In addition to marking the anniversary of Auschwitz-Birkenau, many countries hold national commemoration ceremonies on other dates connected to the Holocaust).
Notably, today’s event arrives less than two weeks after a gunman held a rabbi and three others hostage for hours at a synagogue in the suburbs of Fort Worth, Texas.
And it comes as outrage is building over a Tennessee school board’s decision to ban the Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust graphic novel “Maus” — over concerns about profanity and nude imagery (despite the characters being cartoon mice) — earlier this month, at a time when conservatives in many states seek to dictate how schools teach sensitive topics like racism and sexual health. In October, a Texas district made headlines after an administrator reportedly instructed teachers to provide students with “opposing” views of the Holocaust.