27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. The date was designated as the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005. In 2022, UNESCO’s official commemoration ceremony will take place online, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony will include high-level remarks by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, H.E. Mr Olaf Scholz, Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and H.E. Mr. Isaac Herzog, President of the State of Israel. The ceremony will include music from UNESCO Headquarters by Renaud Capuçon, internationally renowned violinist and UNESCO Artist for Peace, accompanied by pianist Guillaume Bellom, and traditional prayers from cantor and mezzo-soprano Sofia Falkovitch performing from the Mémorial de la Shoah. The event will be livestreamed in English and French on Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
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