Tomorrow, it is exactly 74 years ago that the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp was liberated. That is why the 27th of January is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders' thoughts are with all victims and survivors of the genocides that have taken place in history. Such tragedies may never happen again. Continuing attention to the Holocaust and education about the Shoah have an important preventive role, according to the Minister.
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On 27 January 1945, the extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated in Poland. the whole world became aware of horrors beyond imagination. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders joins today the commemoration of the Holocaust and of the genocides which happened in the history. On Tuesday 23rd of January, the Minister met the president of the Israeli Parliament Yuli Edelstein who was invited to Belgium by the President of the Chamber for a joint commemoration of the Holocaust.
On 27 January 1945 the concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. The whole world became aware of the atrocities and horrors committed by the Nazi regime who, in Europe, had deported, tortured and murdered almost six million Jews solely because of what they were. For the same reason the Roma were also exterminated. Persons with disabilities, homosexuals and opponents were imprisoned and either died of exhaustion or were murdered.