In annual Holocaust observance, UN pays special tribute to women who braved persecution

Women who survived the Holocaust were honoured at an observance of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the United Nations in New York.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to speak out against those who deny the Holocaust and its important lessons for humanity.

He said that educating new generations about this genocide can help to uphold human dignity for all.

Mr. Ban said the UN pays special tribute to the women who suffered in the Holocaust.

“They saw their lives irrevocably changed their families separated and killed, their traditions shattered. Yet, despite appalling acts of cruelty, they consistently found ways to fight back against their persecutors. They joined the resistance, rescued those in peril, smuggled food into ghettos, sacrificed to keep their children alive. Their courage continues to inspire.”

January 27th marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, but because of a severe snowstorm the UN event was held later.

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