On Sunday 27 January, events around New Zealand commemorated United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

There were commemorations in Wellington at Makara Cemetary; in Auckland at Nga Wai o Horotiu Marae – the AUT marae; in Christchurch at the Botanic Gardens; and in Hamilton at Memorial Park.

This year there was a focus on the Righteous Among the Nations – the non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews from extermination.

The Auckland commemoration, which was the first time commemorations have taken place on a marae, also included the launch of “From Darkness to Light” by Bob and Freda Narev.

  • See Shadows of Shoah founder, Perry Trotter’s, gallery of photos from the Auckland commemoration here.
  • See Maori TV’s report on the Auckland commemoration here.
  • See the One News report on the Auckland commemoration, as well as Freda Narev’s story, here.
  • Read David Zwartz’s account of the Wellington commemoration on J-Wire here.

Meanwhile, in other parts of the world…

Speaking at a Holocaust Remembrance ceremony in New York, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned that anti-Semitism has persisted to torment new generations.

He says that tackling the “deeply worrying” global rise in anti-Semitism is a job for all societies everywhere.

Read more of the UN Secretary-General’s speech here.

Read what the Jerusalem Post had to say on International United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day here.

And read the Times Of Israel’s article about the World Jewish Congress’s third #WeRemember campaign here.