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Eliot Waldfogel
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International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January

27 Jan. 2021, 12:00 - 12:35
Published: 24 January 2021

25-year-old Eliot Waldfogel's grandfather was as old as himself when German SS soldiers took him to the most brutal extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, and was one of the few who managed to survive the camp. Listen to Eliot's important story about his grandfather, in connection with the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January.

The videos below (in swedish) in this article, you can watch whenever you like this week.

January 27 is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was then that the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp was liberated in 1945. Memorial Day is for everyone who fights intolerance, xenophobia, racism and anti-Semitism.

Luleå University of Technology celebrates the day by listening to Eliot Waldfogel's story about how his grandfather managed to survive the Holocaust in Poland, where 91 percent of the Jews were exterminated by the Nazis.

– Memorial days and anniversaries are important because they make us stop, reflect and often teach us something new. International Holocaust Remembrance Day is especially important given the anti-Semitism that is now gaining momentum around the world. Changes do not come by themselves, they are shaped by people's active actions, but also by our passivity and our non-actions. To counter anti-Semitism, we must all actively distance ourselves from all forms of threats and hatred in both words and deeds, Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn says, Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology

The student unions at Luleå University of Technology emphasize the importance of Luleå University of Technology paying attention to the anniversary of the Holocaust.

– We as students in Luleå studentkår think that it is of the utmost importance to pay attention to this day. It is our common responsibility to never forget history and to continue striving for a world of equality, tolerance and democracy, Axel Lindgren says, chairman of Luleå studentkår.

– Equality and inclusion are one of the most important areas the unions work with so that everyone feels comfortable and secure in their everyday lives. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is therefore a strong reminder of how important it is that we all work together to reduce hatred of all kinds, Albin Allevret says, chairman of Teknologkåren at Luleå University of Technology.

In September, Luleå University of Technology will organize a lecture and a panel debate with, among others, Josefin Rönnbäck, senior lecturer in history at Luleå University of Technology and Lena Berggren , senior lecturer in history at Umeå University. The theme is democracy and human rights based on the Weimar Republic in Germany and the National Socialists' takeover and what the situation looks like in Sweden, Europe and the world today.

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021 – Speech by Ingrid Lomfors, time 03:56

The exhibition Resistance, time 02:43