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International Holocaust Remembrance Day, part 1/3

By Filip Warwick

This week will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In 2005 the United Nations General Assembly designated the 27 January as a day of commemoration for Holocaust victims. The date coincides with the day of the liberation of the biggest extermination concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau were over a 1 million people died, 90 percent of them Jewish. The Holocaust also known as the Shoah, refers to the systematic and bureaucratic mass murder of more than six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators during the Second World War. In total 11 million people were murdered during the Holocaust. Other victims include Poles, Romanis, Soviet POW’s, Left-wing groups, homosexuals and the physically and mentally disabled.

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