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How Is the Holocaust Remembered?

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How Is the Holocaust Remembered?

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It is our duty to commemorate the six million Jews who perished under the Nazi tyranny and honour those who managed to survive, keeping in mind the Holocaust. The Holocaust Remembrance Day, also called Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah, has been created in order to recall and honour those who fought, suffered and died, but most crucially to observe the importance of remembering.1 January 27th, as established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a very meaningful day for all Jews and “minority groups” mistreated by the Nazi epoch.2 The date was specifically chosen in remembrance of the anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau by the United Nations, who entirely discards the Holocaust: accusing all discrimination or violence on ethnic or religious basis. For this reason each nation member of the U.N is forced to respect the memory of the Holocaust and its sufferers, and to avoid future genocides is also expected to develop educational programs.3

The most well-known tribute to the remembrance of the Holocaust in the world is the museum Yad Vashem, the official memorial in Israel, of all Jewish victims, founded in 1953. 4 It is the second most visited tourist site after the Western Wall in Israel, exceeding 800,000 visitors in 2009. The immense structure contains: the Holocaust History Museum, The Museum of Holocaust Art, The Children’s Memorial and the Hall of Remembrance, but also sculptures, a synagogue, outdoor commemorative sites as the Valley of the Communities, archives, a research institute, libraries, a publishing house and The International School for Holocaust Studies, an educational centre.5 There are also other important museums as for example: The U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C; which offers leadership training programs, teaching millions of people the consequences brought by unrestrained hatred, 6 and The Jewish Museum of Deportation and...