January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 2:11pm

January 27 is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Tied to the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the day commemorates the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and seeks to promote Holocaust education throughout the world.

As we mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, USC Shoah Foundation USC Shoah Foundation Finci-Viterbi Executive Director Dr. Robert Williams stressed the importance of survivor’s voices in helping us engage with and learn from the past.

“Today, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we remember those who were murdered, and we do so with purpose,” Williams said. “The words and memories of survivors and eyewitnesses compel us to reaffirm our obligation to preserve the truth, to resist antisemitism and hatred, and to commit ourselves to shaping a better world.”

USC Shoah Foundation encourages you to share the following International Holocaust Remembrance Day programs, events and resources with family, friends and colleagues.


January 26

  • USC Shoah Foundation unveils a Dimensions in Testimony (DiT) interview with internationally celebrated author and concert pianist Mona Golabek, the inaugural DiT interactive experience to feature a second-generation (or ‘2G”) descendent of a Holocaust survivor.

January 27

  • Join our partner International March of the Living for the premiere screening of Saving the World Entire: Rescuers During the Holocaust, a powerful testament to the courage of the Righteous Among the Nations who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. More information
  • HBO will air a special screening of The Survivor, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Ben Foster, based on the true story of Jewish boxer Harry Haft. HBO 2 linear 8:00 PM local time. Watch the trailer.
  • People around the world will be hosting Zikaron BaSalon events where family and friends gather in person or online to talk with Holocaust survivors or view their testimony. Hosts are provided with kits to create a meaningful experience through discussion prompts and opportunities for artistic expression. Learn more about hosting an event in your home or community.
  • USC Shoah Foundation partner and celebrated author, performer and concert pianist Mona Golabek shares her theatrical performance of the best-selling book The Children of Willesden Lane with educators and students in Texas. Available for the next month. Teachers can register here

January 31

  • Public Lecture on “Questions of Gender and Sexuality in Interviewer Trainings and Holocaust Survivor Testimonies.” USC Shoah Foundation Robert J. Katz Research Fellow in Genocide Studies Carli Snyder will discuss how USC Shoah Foundation-trained interviewers have handled issues of gender, sexuality, and sexual violence while conducting interviews in the past. Register here


The Following Organizations are holding events in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Yad Vashem museum will unveil "The Book of Names" at the UN Headquarters in New York City on January 26; the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will feature a special episode of its Stay Connected Live virtual series on January 27; The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance provides an overview of many of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day events being held around the world; and UNESCO will mark January 27 with a series of events organized at UNESCO Headquarters and field offices.