On the initiative of the former German President Roman Herzog, the 27th of January – the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz – has in Germany been the official day of remembrance for victims of National Socialism since 1996. In late 2005, the UN General Assembly also set this day as the worldwide Holocaust Memorial Day.
For some years now, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has used this as an occasion for a series of nationwide projects in the context of the 27 January. Talks with contemporary witnesses and lecture events, readings and exhibitions are carried out in numerous federal states. As part of the nationwide internet contest “DenkT@g” under the auspices of the President of the Bundestag (retired), Dr Norbert Lammert, young people are called upon to confront the memory of the Shoah and the Nazi dictatorship, but also current issues on right-wing extremism and xenophobia.