75 years ago 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau: International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020

Wallenberg Square Stockholm Sweden. Turn on the memory light candles

75 years ago: – 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp, was liberated by the Red Army.

Today is the “International Holocaust Remembrance Day – an international memorial day on 27 January commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the deaths of 6 million Jews and 11 million others.

TIME: Monday 27 January 2020 kl. 18:00–19:15 UTC+01(Stockholm).


Location: Great Synagogue/ Judiska församlingen i Stockholm
Wahrendorffsgatan 3 B, 103 91 Stockholm.


Yesterday on the 26 January – Emerich Roth, 95 years old, an Holocaust survivor and a witness – held a lecture at the New Jewish Museum, in Stockholm’s oldest synagogue.

Emerich Roth: – “A generation without historical knowledge is without a chance to avoid repeating history.

“Roth was an inmate in five different concentration camps, and only he and his sister Elisabeth survived. After the war, Emerich was in bad shape and was 175 centimeters long and weighed only 34 kilos. He was in hospital and received a letter from someone with the same last name, which was his cousin. The letter stated that his sister had survived and was in Sweden. He came to Sweden in December 1950.”


Further readings:

The Holocaust – Khan Academy


UR Samtiden – Emerich Roth – vägen ut (2012)

SVD: ”Flera överlevande är väldigt oroade i dag” ( 2020-01-27)

SVD: ”SD-medlemmar behöver en avhopparverksamhet” ( 2020-01-26)