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Marking of International Holocaust Remembrance Day – 27 January

Ljubljana, 26 January 2018 – Saturday, 27 January, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, intended to commemorate all victims of the Holocaust and other acts of genocide that have violated the fundamental values of our civilisation, as well as to raise awareness in order to prevent such atrocities from happening again. 27 January 1945 saw the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, in Poland, which was under the German occupation from 1939 to 1945. The number of Jews killed in the Holocaust during World War II is estimated at around 6 million; many Slovenians also numbered among the victims who died in concentration camps.


A series of events will be held this month all around Slovenia to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and persecution by the Nazi regime. The events are part of the project "Shoah – Let Us Remember 2018", launched by the Maribor Synagogue and other partners under the aegis of Anton Peršak, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.


The programme of events, including those intended for children and youth, is available at:


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs actively supports the project "Shoah – Let Us Remember 2018", as well as other projects aimed at raising awareness of the need for tolerance and promoting respect for, and protection and enforcement of, human rights, especially in the light of Slovenia's membership of the UN Human Rights Council, which this year is chaired by the Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations Office at Geneva. An active member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), Slovenia is committed to promoting education, and remembrance of and research about the Holocaust. Raising public awareness of the need to respect human rights can contribute to the creation of a multitude of individuals who respect the rights of others, resulting in a tolerant, open and prosperous society.