Auschwitz Day 2011: The battle for the mind

Auschwitz Day 2011: The battle for the mind

What did the Second World War to do with the conflict between Israel and Palestine today? How do understandings of the past used to interpret the present time? And why do we remember some tragedies and forget others? It is Auschwitz today.
How is it ensured that 20th century genocide is not forgotten? And most importantly, that they will never be repeated? Auschwitz-day today focuses on genocide, and education sites across the country participate when Auschwitz Day this year is dedicated to the memories and stories about genocide.

The battle for the mind

The idea of ​​Auschwitz Day is to encourage discussion, dissemination and teaching of history and contemporary genocide and to motivate the next generation to take personal responsibility for democracy and promoting human rights. Under the theme battle for the mind traveling people behind Auschwitz-day issues such as: How and why stories about the genocide being neglected? Why did the Rwandan government in 1994 to ban all history lessons? How are Serbs, Croats and Kosovo Albanians agree on a common vision of the events during the war in Bosnia? And how the story is distorted, for example by Holocaust deniers?

To live with the shadow

Auschwitz Day which was celebrated in Copenhagen, Helsingor, Roskilde, Odense and Aarhus. The events featured include on speeches from Mayor Nicolai Wammen and Culture and Leisure Mayor Pia Allerslev about this year's theme. In Roskilde were treated to music by The Middle-East Peace Orchestra and presentations by author Alona Frankel and psychologist Anne Scharling Rasmussen. In Copenhagen and Aarhus could be at the event meeting survivors and hear personal stories from respectively the Second World War and the war in Bosnia. Year Auschwitz Day was also signaled the Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival, which ran from 27 to 30th January Cinematheque in Copenhagen. See Auschwitz-day website for more information.

Facts about Auschwitz Day

* Year theme at Auschwitz Day is: The battle for memory * In collaboration with the Ministry of Education holds Danish Institute for International Studies - Holocaust and Genocide a number of seminars throughout the country on secondary education in the weeks leading up to 27 January. At these seminars discussing the students questions, issues and dilemmas involved in genocide doing * Approximately 2,000 students attend with their teachers at Auschwitz Day * Auschwitz Day on January 27th is named after the day in 1945 when Soviet troops liberated the victims from the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau * in 2000, the number of world leaders to promote remembrance and information about the Holocaust and the history of other genocides * the first Auschwitz day in Denmark was held in 2003 * most events associated with Auschwitz day is free, but registration is required. Source: