The Holocaust challenges all peoples and nations--and people of faith in particular--to stand against genocide, bigotry and racism wherever they occur. Mindful of this challengs, SEattle University Campus Ministry and the School of theology and Ministry convene an annual Holocaust and Genocide Remembrance Day Commemoration as both a reminder of past horrors and a call to action to prevent future tragedies.
Wednesday, January 27 | 7:00pmSeattle University Campus | Student Center 160
Art from 2016 guest, Akiva Segan, "Under the Wings 63"
For a number of years, Seattle
University’s observance was held on or near Yom HaShoah, which is Hebrew
for “Day of the Catastrophe”.
Yom HaShoah marks the anniversary of the
Jewish Warsaw ghetto uprising against the Nazis. Yom HaShoah occurs on
27th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan, which falls in April or May of
the Gregorian calendar. Many Jewish groups around the world, and
particularly in Israel, observe Yom Hashoah as a day of mourning and
remembrance for all Holocaust victims. Respectfully following their
lead, the United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as
our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. The Days of
Remembrance run from the Sunday before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom
Hashoah) through the following Sunday.
To avoid the proliferation of events in
the community on Yom HaShoah, Seattle University now commemorates the
Holocaust on or near January 27th, which is International Day of
Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust as designated by
the United Nations.
January 27th was the day in 1945 when the
Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration and death camp
Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. Auschwitz-Birkenau, near Oświęcim, Poland,
was one of the most notorious Nazi death camps. More than one million
people died in Auschwitz-Birkenau before Soviet troops liberated it.
The name “Auschwitz” is almost synonymous with the Holocaust.
On January 24, 2005, the UN General
Assembly marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi
concentration camps. On November 1, 2005, the Assembly adopted a
resolution designating January 27th as the International Day of
Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. On this annual
day of commemoration, every member state of the UN has an obligation to
honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to
help prevent future genocides.