On November 1 2005 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing January 27 as international holocaust remembrance day. That date was chosen because it was on that day in 1945 that the Red Army liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest and most infamous of the death camps set up by the Nazis during World War 2. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation.

While Jews were not the only people singled out for destruction by Nazi Germany, they were the primary targets. By the end of the war, about two-thirds of European Jewry, perhaps more, had died. However, anti-Semitism — the ideology of hatred for Jewish people that had led to the genocide — evidently did not die. The question posed by many speakers at 2020’s commemorative events was, what to do about the global upsurge of this age-old prejudice?..

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