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    International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018

    January 27, 2018

    The International Day of Remembrance for Holocaust Victims is held every year on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. On this occasion, commemorations and demonstrations are held around the world.

    This list of events planned in France will be regularly updated.



      Every year, UNESCO commemorates the genocide perpetrated against the Jewish people and other Nazi crimes, and reaffirms its commitment to promote education about the history of the Holocaust, and to fight against racism and antisemitism.

      The theme of the 2018 Holocaust memorial ceremony will be “Holocaust Remembrance and Education: Our Shared Responsibility”. The theme highlights the universal dimension of the Holocaust and encourages education on this tragedy so that future generations will firmly reject all forms of racism, violence and anti-Semitism. The Holocaust was a defining point in history and its lessons have much to teach about the danger of extremism and the prevention of genocide today.

      A series of events will take place at UN and UNESCO Headquarters respectively in New York and Paris.

      New York

      Thursday, 18 January 2018, 6pm
      Exhibit Opening The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors (by invitation only)

      Monday, 22 January 2018, 6pm
      Exhibit Opening Survivors, Victims and Perpetrators (by invitation only)
      Exhibit The Holocaust - Keeping the Memory Alive

      Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 6pm
      Exhibit Opening The Butterfly Project: Remembering the Children of the Holocaust (by invitation only)

      Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 6pm
      Film Screening Children of the Holocaust

      Thursday, 25 January 2018, 11am
      11pm - United Nations Department of Public Information NGO Briefing
      6pm - Exhibit Opening Jasenovac Concentration Camp

      Monday, 29 January 2018
      6pm - Exhibit opening Witness: Passing the Torch of Holocaust Memory to New Generations
      7pm - Panel Discussion Archives of the Second World War: Their Impact on History and Humanity

      Wednesday, 31 January 2018
      8:45am - Discussion Jews who Rescued Fellow Jews during the Holocaust
      11am- United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

      2 United Nations Plaza #900, New York
      NY 10017, United States

      Calendar of Events


      Monday, 22 January 2018 
      8pm - Screening of a previre of the film The Four Sisters: The Hippocratic Oath – Ruth Elias (part 1)
      In the presence of the director Claude Lanzmann

      25 January 2018
      3.30pm - Round-table on the theme "Holocaust Remembrance and Education: Our Shared Responsibility"
      With Serge Klarsfeld, Lawyer, Historian, UNESCO Special Envoy for Education about the Holocaust and the Prevention of Genocide; Henry Rousso, historian, Director of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Floriane Hohenberg, Director of the International Tracing Service (Germany).

      6.30 pm - Ceremony dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust
      In the presence of the Direction-general of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay and the Director of the Shoah Memorial, Eric de Rothschild.
      Testimony of Yvette Lévy, Auschwitz survivor.
      Performance by the Austrian duo Ariela, who will interpret pieces composed by survivors or victims of the Holocaust.

      In parallel, two exhibitions will be displayed at the Headquarters of the Organisation :
      The Kristallnacht pogrom, from the 22nd January to 3rd February (Miró Halls), presented by the Shoah Memorial.
      #StolenMemory, presented on the fences of UNESCO, explores the International Tracing Service’s restitution work of personal objects lost in concentration camps. 

      Maison de l’UNESCO
      7, place de Fontenoy 75007 Paris

      More information 


        In France

        Paris and the Paris region

        Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris 

        From Sunday, 14 to Sunday, 28 January 2018
        17, rue Geoffroy-l’Asnier 75004 Paris

        More information (in French) 

        Rekindling of the flame of remembrance under the Arc de Triomphe
        Organized by the Union of Auschwitz Deportees-France

        Saturday, 27 January 2018, 6 pm 

        Ceremony at the mayor's office of the 5th arrondissement of Paris
        In memory of Jewish children deported from the 5th arrondissement

        Friday, January 26,2018,9 am
        Square Viviani 75005 Paris

        Ceremony at the synagogue of the Place des Vosges 
        In the presence of the Chief Rabbi of Paris and the President of the Consistory

        Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 7 pm
        Synagogue Charles Liché
        14 place des Vosges 75004 Paris

        Concert - Music against oblivion

        In homage to Jewish composers killed by the Nazis 

        With the Orchestre de la Garde républicaine, conducted by François Boulanger.
        On piano: Nathalia Romanenko Presentation: Marek Halter

        Saturday 27 January 2018,7.30pm 

        Grand Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne
        47, rue des Ecoles 75005 Paris

        Other parts of France

        Commemorations on Remembrance sites 

        Maison d’Izieu (01) 
        Camp des Milles memorial site (13)
        Chambon-sur-Lignon memory site (43) 
        Cercil - Musée-mémorial des enfants du Vél' d’Hiv’, Orléans (45) 
        Camp de Royallieu-Compiègne (60) 
        Amicale Society of Camp de Gurs (64) 
        Camp de Rivesaltes memorial site (66) 
        European Centre of Deported Resistance Members - Struthof-Natzweiler (67) 
        Resistance and Deportation History Centre, Lyon (69) 
        Montluc Memorial (69) 
        Shoah Memorial, Paris (75), Drancy (93) et Toulouse (31)
        Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation sur l’Île de la Cité (75)
        Mont-Valérien (92)

        Aix-en-Provence (13)

        Friday, January 26, 2018, 9am

        International Day of Remembrance Ceremony to Commemorate the Victims of the Shoah

        Miles Camp Memorial Site 
        Wagon of Remembrance - Chemin des Déportés 13547 Aix-en-Provence

        Marseille (13)

        Sunday 21 January 2018

        Ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the evacuation and deportation of people from the Old Port and Opera districts:

        10am, deportation monument
        place du 23 janvier 1943 13000 Marseille

        11h, in front of the opera house
        Ernest Reyer Square 13000 Marseille

        More information

        Lyon (69)

        Friday, January 26, 2018, 11am

        Ceremony marking the International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Shoah and Prevention of Crimes Against Humanity

        Montluc Prison National Memorial
        4, rue Jeanne Hachette 69003 Lyon


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