A very quiet Holocaust Remembrance Day in store at the UN and in Poland

The calendar for the United Nations 2017 Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 in New York City features only a one-hour 45-minute ceremony in the Assembly Hall starting at 11:00 a.m.

It is hosted by Ms. Cristina Gallach, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. There will be a few speakers, including Mr. Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations. The keynote speaker is Mr. Noah Klieger (anyone heard of him?). Cantor Israel Singer will recite the memorial prayers accompanied on violin by Artur Kaganovskiy.

With this lineup, I don’t think there will be a crowd. No well-known names this year.

It is the same in Poland at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, where invited guests will be able to attend the 8:30 a.m. opening of a temporary exhibit “Archeology” in Block 12 in the former Auschwitz 1 camp; a “celebration” in the “Sauna” building in the former Auschwitz II camp at 12 noon; followed by a 1:30 p.m. commemoration ceremony of “prayer and paying homage” at the Monument to the Victims, also at the former Auschwitz II.

The President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda has once again taken on honorary patronage of the event. The Poles are calling it the 72nd Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.

The UN is sticking with the original long name they gave it in 2005: International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.