The official title is
World Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day
It comes on January 27 each year and was first established in 2005 through a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly.
The date was selected in memory of the largest of the Nazi death camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, which was liberated by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945.
I found this photo of Auschwitz at the Jewish Virtual Museum, a project of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise and a wealth of information on the Holocaust.
Last year, in my post on this day, I listed the holocaust memoirs I had on my book shelf (virtual and otherwise).
I felt a calling to read the stories these survivors had penned. Since then, the need to fully grasp the horror that was the holocaust has only increased. And, as it has, my list of holocaust memoirs that I’ve read has lengthened. Here, for you to choose from:
- The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
- The Diary of Anne Frank — which needs no explanation
- Anne Frank’s Tales from the Secret Annex
- The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank, by Willy Lindwer
- Clara’s War: One Girl’s Story of Survival by Clara Kramer
- Outcry: Holocaust Memoirs by Manny Steinberg
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
- They Shall Not Have Me by
- A Gift from the Enemy (A True Story of Escape in War-time Italy) by Enrico Lamet, Peter Schults
- Wallenberg: The Incredible Story of the Man… by Kati Marton
- Such Good Girls: The Journey of The Holocaust’s Hidden Children by R. D. Rosen
- The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Barbara Rosenblat
- All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein
- The Last Jew in Treblinka: A Memoir by Chil Rajchman
- Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor’s True Story of Auschwitz by Olga Lengyel
My To Read list has also grown:
- Auschwitz #34207: The Joe Rubinstein Story
- Auschwitz Escape: The Klara Wizel Story
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- A Scrap of Time and Other Stories by Ida Fink
- The Journal of Helene Beer
- Beautiful Soul: Bella Kurant’s Memoir of the Nazi Era
- Rena’s Promise by Rena Kornreich Gelissen and Heather Dune Macadam
- Women Heroes of WW II by Kathyrn Atwood
- Things We Couldn’t Say by Deet Eman
- Boy 30529 by Felix Weinberg
- This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski
- All But My Life: A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein
- Beyond Forgetting
- The Girl in the Green Sweater by Krystyna Chiger
- Heinrich Himmler
- The Hours After
- I Have Lived a Thousand Years
- In My Hands
- Our Crime Was Being Jewish
- Remember Your Name
- The Strange Ways of Providence in my Life
- Survival in the Shadows
- Where You Go, I Go
These are the stories of the survivors. And it is through their words that we come to know those we honor today.
Can you add other titles that you’ve read or want to read?
Let’s read all we can; let’s keep ourselves and the generations coming after us informed.
Let’s never forget. And let’s learn from the past.