The commemoration, organised under the auspices of the Jewish Holocaust Centre and the Jewish Community Council of Victoria, is held annually to accord with the November 2005 resolution of the United Nations General Assembly proclaiming 27 January, the day in 1945 on which Auschwitz was liberated, as the annual international memorial day to mark the Holocaust.
The keynote address will be delivered by prominent and influential public intellectual, Professor Marcia Langton AM, whose presentation will examine Australian standards on racial, ethnic and religious discrimination and vilification and explore whether we have sufficient protection against the global rise of far right hate movements. Professor Langton holds the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. A prominent public intellectual, she is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne and an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College at The University of Queensland. In 2016 Professor Langton was honoured as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor.
Her role in the Empowered Communities project under contract to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and her membership of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians are evidence of Professor Langton's academic reputation.
Testimony will be given by a Holocaust survivor.