Annual worldwide commemoration of holocaust victims

16:43, 27 January 2017

On January 27, the world community honors the memory of those killed and persecuted during the Holocaust, the systematic extermination of the Jews, which was widely perpetrated by the Nazis at the times of the WWII.

The Soviet troops set free the prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp on this day in 1945. The camp was one of the largest centers of mass extermination; at least a million and a half people were killed there. The Nazi regime killed six million Jews and two million Romas during its existence.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day was introduced by the UN in 2005 on the 60th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz.