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Finland Observes Holocaust Remembrance Day

On Tuesday Finland joins the international community in observing International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On January 27, 1945, the Russian Red Army liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazis' largest concentration camp.

Finland remembers the horrors of the Holocaust.
Finland remembers the horrors of the Holocaust. Image: YLE / Riku Karminen

An estimated 11 million people were killed in the Nazi-perpetrated genocide of World War II. Between five and seven million of them were Jews.

In the capital city on Tuesday afternoon, the University of Helsinki will be hosting a Holocaust seminar, and in the evening a commemorative ceremony.

The United Nations designated January 27 as a day when all member states should honour the memory of Holocaust victims and emphasize anti-genocide education and other programs in their countries.

Finland is a member of the Task Force for International Co-operation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research.

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