In 2005, European Coalition for Israel initiated and hosted the first Holocaust Remembrance Day event in the European Parliament.  Today, this event is an official EU event under the patronage of the President of the European Parliament. Each year we provide online educational resources to help faith communities and civil society organizations organize their own Holocaust Remembrance events.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 27th of January, is an international memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust, the genocide that resulted in the annihilation of 6 million Jews. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/7 on the first of November 2005. The resolution came after a special session was held earlier that year on the 24 of January 2005 during which the United Nations General Assembly marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust.

Shadows of Shoah and ECI are partnering to raise awareness throughout the world through an online campaign.

In January 2005, European Coalition for Israel initiated and organized the first Holocaust Remembrance Day event in the European Parliament in Brussels. It has since grown to become an official event of the European Parliament, hosted and organized by the President of the European Parliament.

ECI Hosted a 70th Anniversary Concert in Krakow


Krakow, 27th January, 2015 – As the official commemoration events marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz came to a close on Tuesday evening, the European Coalition for Israel, together with the Jewish Community of Krakow, hosted a unique concert of commemoration in the Tempel Synagogue of Krakow, only an hour from Auschwitz.

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Ceremony 2014 – European Parliament

Ceremony 2013 – European Parliament

Ceremony 2011 – European Parliament


Shadows of Shoah

For the last nine years ECI has called upon churches and faith communities in Europe and beyond to honor the victims of the Holocaust in their Sunday service nearest to the 27th. Next year Holocaust Remembrance Sunday falls on 24th January 2016.

Shadows of Shoah is the work of New Zealand photographer and composer Perry Trotter. Using black and white imagery and original music, survivors’ experiences are presented in a brief, compelling format. The work seeks to present powerful and evocative art while carefully maintaining historical accuracy. The Shadows of Shoah Exhibition was officially launched by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rt Hon John Key, at an International Holocaust Remembrance Day event January 2013.

Please feel free to use this material in your own efforts to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. The photographs speak for themselves. The video text is English, but if you would prefer it in another language, we suggest you arrange a person to translate into your own language while the video plays.

Visit Shadows of Shoah website

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