A series of activities began in Hanoi on January 27 in honour of the International Holocaust Memorial Day, marking the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschmitz-Birkenau in Poland.

Addressing the ceremony, United Nations Resident Coordinator Pratibha Mehta said the UN adopted a resolution in 2005 to designate January 27 as the International Holocaust Memorial Day in memory of the Jews who lost their lives to anti-Semitism violence.

Israeli Ambassador to Vietnam Eilon Shahar said remembering Holocaust victims has become an annual event at the Israeli embassy in Vietnam. She expressed hope that Vietnam will sympathise with Holocaust victims and proactively work to prevent any future instances of genocide.

Commemorative activities will take place at the Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities, the Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, and the Ho Chi Minh City Pedagogy University.-VNA