Annual Holocaust Commemoration: International DAy of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

We are pleased to invite you to the annual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, the central event organized in observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and held under the theme Home and Belonging. The theme highlights the multidimensional human needs of victims of atrocity crimes and the dangers of hate speech, antisemitism, Holocaust distortion and denial, and prejudice.

The ceremony will take place in person for the first time since 2020. Those unable to attend in person will be able to watch the event virtually.

Speakers include the United Nations Secretary-General; the President of the 77th session of the General Assembly, the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, and the Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations. Renowned Holocaust historian Professor Debórah Dwork will deliver the keynote address. Mr. Jacques Grishaver of the Netherlands will share his testimony as a survivor of the Holocaust. Professor Ethel Brooks will speak to the persecution and mass murder of the Roma and Sinti. Professor Karen Frostig, granddaughter of victims of the Holocaust, and Michael Shaham, grandson of a Holocaust survivor, will present. Musicians include Ms. Shoshana Shattenkirk, Mr. Michael Shaham (who will perform on a Violin of Hope). Professor Renée Jolles will perform a piece for violin specially composed by Dr. Victoria Bond for the 2023 Holocaust Memorial Ceremony. Cantor Nissim Saal will recite the memorial prayer. Ms. Melissa Fleming, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, will host the event.

We look forward to having you join us, in person, or online. The event will be live-streamed.

Register to attend the Ceremony in-person