In 2005 the United Nations General Assembly designated January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, as an international day of remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust. This Resolution, A/RES/60/7, was motivated by a rejection of Holocaust denial, as well as an effort to increase Holocaust education in European countries.
While it is standard practice for Jewish schools to observe Yom HaShoah as the day of Holocaust remembrance, this January date offers many opportunities for classroom learning about topics that may not naturally fit into a traditional course on the Holocaust. These include:
- Holocaust denial;
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and “crimes against humanity” legislation;
- Holocaust education and commemoration in the countries where the Holocaust took place.