Organisations in the US and Europe have helped the World Jewish Congress promote its #WeRemember campaign to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day this Sunday.
In New York, social media giant Twitter got involved by hosting an event and designing a unique emoji for the campaign, while in Brussels, NATO headquarters also helped share the message.
Now in its third year, the campaign encourages people to post photos of themselves holding a #WeRemember poster. This year tens of thousands of those images will be livestreamed and projected at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The notorious death camp’s liberation date – 27 January marks International Holocaust Memorial Day every year, but the World Jewish Congress and partners said new technology could help spread awareness of its lessons.
Rivka Liebeskind was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in January 1943. On her first Friday night at the death camp, Rivka lit the Shabbat candles. That night, Rivka was surrounded by other weeping Jewish women. Rivka survived. This is her story. #WeRemember @AuschwitzMuseum pic.twitter.com/yLzq0FvWxm
— WJC (@WorldJewishCong) January 25, 2019
“This year we chose to partner with the WJC #WeRemember campaign as a way of using new technology and social media to reach the widest possible audience,” said Italian Ambassador to NATO Claudio Bisogniero.
WJC chief executive Robert Singer said: “Education is key to raising awareness about antisemitism, and so too are the critical international partnerships that we are building to secure commitment to this effort.
“It is all the more significant that we have brought this initiative to the headquarters of NATO, the very organization that was created to unify nations in the wake of the horrors of the Holocaust and World War II.”
See tweets from organisations and individuals backing the #WeRemember campaign:
We encourage you to read a @Twitter guest blog post penned by @WorldJewishCong CEO Robert Singer on the importance of keeping the story of Holocaust survivors alive through the #WeRemember campaign. https://t.co/q8Lc0AKr0F
— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) January 24, 2019
Jewish Leadership Council:
At the @JLC_uk and @Lead_ #WeRemember those who were murdered and commit to do all we can to oppose all bigotry. We will never forget or allow others to forget our history and what happened. #HMD2019 @WorldJewishCong pic.twitter.com/Y6r6PUnAOL
— Jewish Leadership Council (@JLC_uk) January 24, 2019
World Jewish Relief:
As we approach Holocaust Memorial Day #WeRemember the millions who died in the Holocaust and other genocides around the world and feel proud to work for an organisation which helps people in grave need, then and now. #HMD2019 pic.twitter.com/NSGf7AQd8c
— World Jewish Relief (@WJRelief) January 25, 2019
As Holocaust Memorial Day approaches this Sunday, #WeRemember the 6 million Jewish people who were killed during the Holocaust. #HMD is a time to learn about the past and take action to create a safer future. We honour the survivors and mourn those who lost their lives. pic.twitter.com/ujYpTblE16
— Norwood – Charity (@norwooduk) January 25, 2019
Rabbi Lord Sacks:
As we mark #HolocaustMemorialDay on 27/01, here is a clip on the dangers of #antisemitism, delivered to the @Europarl_EN in September 2016. I still consider this to be one of the most important speeches I have ever made. Please retweet. #NeverForget #HMD2019 #WeRemember pic.twitter.com/hnsmvCjSaX
— Rabbi Sacks (@rabbisacks) January 25, 2019
— Tal Ofer טל עופר تل عوفر (@TalOfer) January 25, 2019
On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day I’m posting this beautiful photo of my grandparents, great uncles and aunts – survivors all. Sadly only my grandma and one great aunt are still with us, but they are all always with me in my heart and I hope I make them proud. #WeRemember pic.twitter.com/u6R7zwOrIT
— Judy Silkoff (@judysilkoff) January 25, 2019
Saulius Skvernelis, PM of Lithuania:
It is our duty to make sure the world never forgets the atrocities of the #Holocaust. I invite everyone to join #WeRemember campaign for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. pic.twitter.com/noby2RifpO
— Saulius Skvernelis (@Skvernelis_S) January 25, 2019
A. Van der Bellen, President of Austria:
#WeRemember : Am 27.1. ist der Internationale Holocaust Gedenktag. Das Erinnern an die #Shoah bedeutet für mich auch das Schärfen des Blicks für die Gegenwart und Zukunft. Es schmerzt, sich an das Leid zu erinnern, das so vielen Menschen durch große Teile der Bevölkerung, (1/3) pic.twitter.com/yDMGGO3M61
— A. Van der Bellen (@vanderbellen) January 25, 2019
World Union of Jewish Students:
— WUJS (@JewishStudents) January 24, 2019
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights:
— EU Fundamental Rights ➡️ #HumanRights (@EURightsAgency) January 25, 2019
European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage.
The AEPJ remembers the 6 million victims of the Holocaust and speaks out against hatred, genocide and xenophobia.
— AEPJ (@jewisheritage) January 25, 2019
Israel at Nato:
Today, on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27), @ItalyatNATO hosted a commemorative event at @NATO HQ, in connection with the World Jewish Congress campaign #WeRemember .
!עַם יִשְׂרָאֵל חַי – The People of Israel live! pic.twitter.com/ybAb0lTuZy
— Israel at NATO (@IsraelatNATO) January 24, 2019
US Holocaust Memorial Museum:
Physical therapy students from @MissouriState participated in the #WeRemember campaign while visiting our Museum. Recognize #InternationalHolocaustRemembranceDay and show how you're learning the lessons of history by sharing your #WeRemember photo and tagging @HolocaustMuseum. pic.twitter.com/SkCyiEzumn
— US Holocaust Museum (@HolocaustMuseum) January 24, 2019
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