NZ marks Holocaust Remembrance Day - 27 January 2011

This week New Zealanders will once again be the first in the world to mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust with a memorial service at Wellington’s Makara Cemetery and a formal ceremony at Parliament.

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Prime Minister John Key (centre) with Kiwi survivors of the Holocaust, January 27th 2010
 
 “This year the United Nations has chosen to highlight the courage of Holocaust women such as Irene Nemirovsky, Germaine Tillion and Anne Frank,” says UNESCO National Commission deputy chair, Andrew Matthews.
 
“The courage of these amazing women in the midst of one of our modern world’s darkest chapters demonstrates for us all the very best of humanity – as well as the most wicked.”
 
“We all have a responsibility to remember the atrocities of the holocaust so that future generations are able to value and protect the importance of tolerance and freedom. This is crucial if we are to ensure that such atrocities never happen again."