On January 27 Ambassador Norland joined Georgian leaders and other members of the international community to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day at an event organized by the Georgian Public Defender’s Office and “Lea” – the Jewish Women’s Organization of Georgia. During his remarks, Ambassador Norland said, “We must remember that the Holocaust is not an abstraction. Human beings were killed by the millions and we must do everything we can to fight anti-Semitism wherever it surfaces and ensure something like this never happens again.”
In 2005, the U.N. General Assembly designated January 27 as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The resolution was adopted by consensus on November 1, 2005. January 27 is currently officially recognized as a day of remembrance for Holocaust victims in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany, because it marks the day when an advancing Soviet army liberated the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Poland.