United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Wednesday 27 January 2021
New Zealand Remembers
January 27, 2021 marked the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In Aotearoa New Zealand , one of few countries in a Covid-ravaged world still able to have large gatherings, hundreds came together across the country to remember the 6 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust, and the many millions of other innocent victims killed by the Nazi war machine, as well as to honour the survivors who made their way to New Zealand and contributed to the fabric of our society - the theme for this year’s UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations in New Zealand being “We are still here”. In attendance were Holocaust survivors and their descendants, the Governor-General the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, Deputy Prime Minister Hon Grant Robertson, Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt, Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon, Robyn Baker Chair of the NZ National Commission for UNESCO, leaders, and members of the Jewish and interfaith communities, representatives of the diplomatic corps, Members of Parliament, and ex MPs, Mayors and City councillors.