On 27 January Protected content , the advancing Soviet army entered the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp complex, liberating more than Protected content prisoners, for the most part ill or dying. Days earlier, the SS had forced nearly 60,000 prisoners to evacuate the camp and embark on the infamous 'Death Marches' in which many thousands lost their lives. In Protected content , the UN General Assembly designated 27 January as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, the day upon which, every year, the world would mark and remember the Holocaust and its victims. 66 years on from the liberation of Auschwitz, it is more important than ever to remind ourselves of the universal lessons of the Holocaust.
In Protected content , the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust will be marked by a number of national and international events. A series of events will take place today Protected contentProtected content Rome Find out more here Protected content