Itzhak Perlman performed at the United Nation’s 2020 International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust ceremony on Monday, January 27, 2020.
The event’s theme “75 years after Auschwitz — Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice” focuses on the continued importance of collective action against anti-semitism and other forms of bias 75 years after the Holocaust, and seeks to ensure respect for the dignity and human rights of all people everywhere.
The 2020 United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony was held in the General Assembly Hall, 75 years to the day since the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and extermination camp, in operation from 1940 until 1945.
Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications hosted the ceremony featuring António Guterres, Secretary-General; Tijjani Muhammad-Bande (Nigeria), President of the seventy-fourth session of the General Assembly; Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations; Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel; Vassily A. Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation; Cherith Norman-Chalet, Acting Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States; Castro Wesamba, Chief of Office, United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect; and Dan Pavel Doghi, Contact Point on Roma and Sinti Issues with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
The ceremony is available to view on at webtv.un.org.