"It would be a dangerous error to think of the Holocaust as simply the result of the insanity of a group of criminal Nazis. On the contrary, the Holocaust was the culmination of millennia of hatred, scapegoating and discrimination targeting the Jews, what we now call anti-Semitism".
UN Secretary-General António Guterres
The Holocaust and the
United Nations Outreach Programme
Rejecting any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either
in full or in part, the General Assembly
adopted a resolution (A/RES/60/7) by consensus condemning "without
reserve" all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement,
harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic
origin or religious belief, whenever they occur.
The resolution declared that the United Nations would designate 27 January -- the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp -- as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and urged Member States to develop educational programmes to instil the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from occurring again. It requested the United Nations Secretary-General to establish an outreach programme on the "Holocaust and the United Nations", as well as institute measures to mobilize civil society for Holocaust remembrance and education, in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 61/255 which also condemns any denial of the Holocaust and urges all Member States unreservedly to reject any denial of the Holocaust.
The Holocaust was a turning point in history, which prompted the world to say "never again". The significance of resolution A/RES/60/7 is that it calls for a remembrance of past crimes with an eye towards preventing them in the future.
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