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Holocaust Memorial Ceremony 2023 - International…

Holocaust Memorial Ceremony 2023 - International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust
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The United Nations Holocaust memorial ceremony will be held on 27 January 2023 in the United Nations General Assembly Hall, under the theme "Home and Belonging".
The ceremony will include remarks by the United Nations Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly and the Permanent Representatives of Israel and the United States. Professor Debórah Dwork, Holocaust scholar and educator, will deliver the keynote address. Holocaust survivor Mr. Jacques Grishaver, and Dr. Ethel Brooks, Romani scholar will speak. Dr. Karen Frostig will share her experience as the granddaughter of Holocaust victims. Musicians Ms. Shoshanna Shattenkirk, Professor Renee Jolles, Mr. Michael Shaham (grandson of Holocaust survivors) will perform. Cantor Nissim Saal will recite memorial prayers.  The United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony marking the 2023 International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is organized by the United Nations Department of Global Communications. The theme "Home and Belonging" highlights the humanity of the Holocaust victims and survivors, who had their home and sense of belonging ripped from them by the perpetrators of the Holocaust. The violence of exclusion began with disinformation and hate speech that lent support to systemic injustice and discrimination, and marginalization and ended with genocidal killing. The theme reminds us of our responsibility to respond with humanity to the victims of atrocity crimes, to counter hate speech, antisemitism, Holocaust distortion and denial, and prejudice – to do all we can to prevent genocide.