German Mayors take part in #WeRemember campaign

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On January 27 every year, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed around the world, commemorating the liberation of Nazi Germany’s largest concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Numerous German mayors took part in the global #WeRemember campaign which aims to educate people about the Holocaust and to keep the remembrance of it alive. As part of the initiative, people are called to write the hashtag “We Remember” on a sheet of paper and post the picture holding the sign on social media.

Mayor of Hamburg Peter Tschentscher stated on social media: Who forgets the past, loses the future. The anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp is a reminder to all of us to be vigilant and to stand up resolutely against hatred, discrimination and anti-Semitism.

For me, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust is one of the most important of the year. It marks a day in history that, more than any other and across all borders, stands for liberation from inhuman terror and racist persecution, mayor of Hannover Belit Onay stated on social media.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day was established by the United Nations in 2005. The Holocaust took the lives of nearly 6 million Jews and millions of other victims by the end of World War II. By establishing this commemoration day, UN also urged member states to create educational programs for young people in order to prevent future genocides from happening, and Holocaust from being forgotten.

Mayor of Berlin Franziska Giffey stated on social media: On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we commemorate the victims of National Socialism, Jews, Sinti and Roma, gays, lesbians, those persecuted for religious and political reasons, and people with disabilities. All of these victims have been people from our midst. It is our task to take decisive action against those who want to make anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism socially acceptable again, propagate ideologies or relativize history.

Every year on Holocaust Remembrance Day, various events are held all around the world to honor Holocaust and other genocide victims and to increase awareness about disrimination, exclusion, and persecution. (photo credit: screenshot/Werember official website)