- January 27, 2013
Today HRC joins the international community to honor the 6 million Jews and millions of other victimized, including the LGBT community, under Nazi Germany during World War II.
The United Nations, which designated today as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005, chose Jan. 27 because it falls on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945.
The LGBT community was targeted and persecuted under the Nazi regime as an obstacle to an Aryan race.
According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, more than 100,000 men were arrested for their perceived homosexuality and about 50,000 men served prison terms. Between 5,000 and 15,000 men were imprisoned in concentration camps.
This year’s theme, Rescue during the Holocaust: The Courage to Care, calls us to not only remember the past, but also to stand together and proclaim, “never again.”
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. commemorated today with a candle-lighting ceremony and a public program with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.