27 January is the International Holocaust Remembrance day.
Resolution 60/7 establishing 27 January as International Holocaust Remembrance Day urges every member nation of the U.N. to honor the memory of Holocaust victims: six million Jews and other minorities.
UNESCO pays tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and reaffirms its unwavering commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group-targeted violence. In the context of the promotion Global Citizenship Education (GCED), a priority of the Education 2030 Agenda, UNESCO supports education stakeholders in their efforts to help learners become critical thinkers, responsible and active global citizens who value human dignity and respect for all, reject antisemitism, racism and other forms of prejudice that can lead to violence and genocide.
UNISON from UK pointed out that this Day helps us to remember the atrocities against minority groups including disabled people. … It is estimated that close to 250,000 disabled people were murdered by the Nazi regime. The Nazis used the discredited theory of eugenics to argue that mentally and physically disabled people were inferior to the Aryan race.
The president of the FISH (Italian Federation for Overcoming Disability) recalled that the Holocaust of people with disabilities served as a “first tragic experiment” for what happened later for other population groups, while at the same time launching a message for “a present and a future that we want to be made up of inclusion, freedom and respect for others”. The virus of discrimination, hatred and racism against people with disabilities and anyone else considered ‘different’ is still all too often present and needs to be combated vigorously in Italy and the rest of the world
INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY