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International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021

On Wednesday, January 27, 2021 join your Acadia Community as we mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day is an international Memorial Day commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the deaths of 6 million Jewish people, by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

Last year, on, “January 27, 2020 it had been 75 years since the Allied troops arrived at the gates of Auschwitz, but it is clear that the story of how they came to be there in the first place must be shared more widely. The Holocaust -- the murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators -- did not occur in a vacuum. It was the product of unchecked hatred and collective silence” (https://weremember.worldjewishcongress.org/).

Ways to commemorate:

Virtual events being hosted by UNESCO

  1. Online commemoration ceremony, 27 January 2021, 5 p.m.- 6 p.m. CEST/ 11.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. EST
  2. Online panel discussion on Holocaust denial and distortion, 27 January 2021, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. CEST/ 12.00 p.m. – 1.00 p.m. EST

“Every year around 27 January, 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. The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on 27 January 1945. It was officially proclaimed, in November 2005, International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust by the United Nations General Assembly.”


Join others around the world in a social media campaign called #WeRemember, by 1. Writing “We Remember” on a sheet of paper, 2. Taking a photo holding your sign, 3. Sharing your photo on social media using #WeRemember.

Acadia Event

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion office is working collaboratively with the Acadia Jewish Society, and the Acadia History Society and the Acadia Education Society to plan an event in April. Please stay tuned for more information!

If you would like to get involved, support the upcoming event, or learn more, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Jordi Chaffer, Acadia Jewish Society; acadiajewishsociety@gmail.com
The Acadia Jewish Society is a student-run society that aims to enrich the cultural awareness within the Acadia Community by hosting culturally informative Jewish events.

Katie Winters, Acadia Education Society; 131242w@acadiau.ca
The Acadia Education Society is a student-run society from the Acadia School of Education. We host social and academic events, as well as professional development sessions that can strengthen your skills as an educator or someone who is interested in becoming an educator!

Renee Boutilier-McFarlane, Acadia History and Classics Club; auhistoryclassics@gmail.com
The History and Classics Club offers events that introduce you to like-minded individuals that have an interest in people and cultures from the past and present. We combine fun events, such as spaghetti nights, or formals, with exciting discussions relating to history. It is a great way to meet your professors and peers in an enjoyable setting, and we would love to hear from you!

Polly Leonard, MSW, RSW
Acadia Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; equity@acadiau.ca, Instagram: @acadiauniversityequity

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