Did you know that January 27th has been designated by the United Nations as International Holocaust Remembrance Day? The U.N. passed Resolution 60/7 in 2005; under this resolution, every member nation of the U.N. is encouraged to honor the memory of Holocaust victims and develop educational programs so that the events of the Holocaust will not be repeated. This resolution also supports the preservation of the sites of the Holocaust such as forced labor camps and concentration camps so that society will not forget what happened there.
January 27th was chosen as International Holocaust Remembrance Day because it marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet army. On this day, the world will remember and honor victims of the Nazi regime, including 6 million Jewish victims, 5 million Slaves, 3 million Poles, 250,000 physically and mentally disabled people, 200,000 Romani people, and 9,000 homosexual men.
You can honor victims of the Holocaust by learning about them, the events of the Holocaust, and keeping their memory alive. The library has many books about the Holocaust in our catalog that go beyond The Diary of Anne Frank (although that’s a great place to start); here’s a small sample of what’s available.
Night by Elie Wiesel
One of the definitive books about life in a concentration camp, Night is the story of Elie Wiesel’s stay in Auschwitz and the decisions that people in the camp made on a daily basis to stay alive.
Why? Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes
Have you ever wondered how the Holocaust happened, why there wasn’t more resistance, and why more aid wasn’t provided? Author Peter Hayes answers eight major questions and clarifies misconceptions.
Maus: The Complete Edition by Art Spiegelman
Maus is the story of the Art Spiegelman’s relationship with his father, his father’s memories of growing up in Poland, and his time in a work camp in World War II, all in a graphic novel format.
Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power by Andrew Nagorski
Hitlerland explores perspectives of Americans living in Nazi Germany in the years leading up to World War II; if you’ve ever wondered how you would have reacted to the events of this era, this book provides a “you are there” feeling.
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport by Mark Jonathan Harris
Before World War II, 10,000 children were rescued from Germany and German-annexed lands and placed with foster parents in Great Britain. Into the Arms of Strangers tells the stories of 18 people impacted during the Kindertransport operation.