The horrors of the Holocaust were a turning point in history which prompted the World to say, “Never Again.”

On the 1st of November 2005, the United Nations General Assembly, in Resolution 60/7, designated the 27th of January as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In 2006 the first IHRD commemoration took place, and since then ceremonies have been held each year at the United Nations Offices in New York and Geneva and in many cities around the world. The Hague is often referred to as the World Capital of International Law and the City of Peace and Justice, so it was deemed appropriate to add the city to the list of places marking IHRD annually.

Together with the Municipality of The Hague and the Embassy of Israel in the Netherlands, the Jewish cultural organisation CHAJ  has initiated for the fourth time an International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration event, a Lecture, which will take place on: 

Monday, January 31, 2022 at 16:30 hours

The event will focus around the theme of “Victims as Witnesses” and will be held in The Hague.

Due to COVID restrictions, the event will be broadcast live here:


H.E. Mr. Modi Ephraim,
Ambassador-Designate of Israel in The Netherlands

Reflections on historical film

Mr. Jan van Zanen,
Mayor of the municipality of The Hague

Victims as witnesses

A short video presentation honoring six survivors who were involved in legal proceedings

Professor Eli Salzberger,
Professor at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law

Professor Dan Michman,
Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studies

Guest address

Ms Ellen Germain,
Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, U.S. Department of State

Testimony of a survivor

Rabbi Emeritus Awraham Soetendorp,
Liberal Jewish Community of The Hague

Closing remarks

Rabbi Shmuel Katzman,
CHAJ cultural foundation of the Jewish community of The Hague