By Anton Ivanov
Dedicated to International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the event was hosted by the Belarusian State Museum of Great Patriotic War History, organised by the UN Representative Office in Belarus and the Republican Holocaust Fund.
In 2005, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution stating that January 27th would annually mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day in 1945, the Soviet Army liberated the largest Nazi death camp: Auschwitz-Birkenau (Poland).
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s statement regarding International Holocaust Remembrance Day notes that we must learn lessons from the Holocaust, while honouring the memory of victims. He stresses: ‘This year, we pay special tribute to the memory of those women who suffered during the Holocaust. Despite terrible discrimination, hardship and cruel treatment, they kept struggling against their pursuers. They joined the resistance movement, helping those in danger, while secretly bringing food into the ghetto. They made sacrifices for the sake of their children. Their courage remains a source of inspiration for us’.
The fascists created over 260 ghettos in Belarus during the war, with women and children accounting for over a half of over 800,000 Jews killed in Belarus during the Holocaust years.