January 27th is the date introduced by the United Nations in 2005 for commemorating the Holocaust in which 6 million Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis. This day was picked as it is the date of the liberation of Auschwitz, one of the most notorious of the Nazi concentration camps.
Nissan 27th (April -May) is the date set by the Israeli government for Yom Hashoah veHaGvurah – Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day - the time of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
Tevet 10th (January) the Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem, is the day declared by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel as a Memorial Day for victims of the Holocaust and the yahrzeit for those whose real date of death is unknown. It was considered that a Fast is an appropriate day for commemorating such a tragedy in our history and nowadays we don’t have the right to institute new memorials into our calendar.
Are there too many memorial days for the Holocaust? Should there be one day for everyone?
I don’t think so .
In the UK,an attempt to cancel the commemoration started soon after the first International Holocaust Remembrance Day ( and ironically as a result of the London terrorist bombings by Moslems.) It was argued that commemorating the slaughter of millions of Jews might be offensive to the Moslems. So far Britain has remained steadfast in keeping International Holocaust and Remembrance Day and in continuing Holocaust education in British Schools.
But how long will it take until they or other European countries bow to Moslem pressure and relegate the Holocaust to just another historical event – if they believe it happened at all.
As long as the date is still recognized, at least some official commemorations are taking place amongst the non-Jewish population, despite all the growing Holocaust denial and continuous Israel bashing.
What is important is that the Holocaust should be remembered for what it really was, the systematic slaughter of 6 million Jewish men, women and children in an organized attempt to completely wipe out the Jews of Europe and wherever else the Nazi boot could trample.
What is important is that It should be discussed, written about , memorialized, taught and studied all over the world, amongst Jews and non-Jews – no matter what date they choose.