International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an international memorial day on 27 January commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by Soviet troops.
Holocaust survivor and artist, Marianne Grant, was born September 19, 1921 and died December 11, 2007 aged 86. She survived three concentration camps largely thanks to a prodigious artistic talent. The title of a book she wrote in her 81st year, I Knew I Was Painting for My Life, starkly summed up her experience of being ordered to sketch death camp prisoners by the notorious SS doctor Josef Mengele. By clicking on the link below you will hear her story, reinterpreted for our 2005 touring play A String of Pearls – an interweaving of 16 stories (of some 200 we were sent) celebr
ating the courage of WW2 women and children who survived to tell the tale in the UK. The voice of Grandma is spoken by actress, Joanne Fenton who died on 24 August 2005 – just six months after the recording was made. She saw the Gala performance of A String of Pearls in May 2005 – 60 years after Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by Soviet troops..
International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an international memorial day on 27 January commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 2 million Roma, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/7 on 1 November 2005 during the 42nd plenary session. The resolution came after a special session was held earlier that year on 24 January 2005 during which the United Nations General Assembly marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust.
On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by Soviet troops.
Prior to the 60/7 resolution, there had been national days of commemoration, such as Germany’s Tag des Gedenkens an die Opfer des Nationalsozialismus (The Day of remembrance for the victims of National Socialism), established in a proclamation issued by Federal President Roman Herzog on 3 January 1996; and the Holocaust memorial day observed every 27 January since 2001 in the UK.
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