Holocaust Centre of New Zealand

United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Thursday 27 January 2022


​The Holocaust was a turning point in history which prompted the world to say, “never again”. In 2005, the UN designated January 27th – the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945 – as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an annual call to pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and to work through education, documentation, and commemoration to prevent future acts of genocide.

This day we reaffirm our commitment to making “never again” mean just that. We gather in honour and remembrance of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, and all victims of the Nazi regime and its collaborators, persecuted for their ethnicity, political views, disabilities, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. Today, and all days, we stand against antisemitism, discrimination, and apathy.

This year, our nationwide theme of resistance reminds us of the impact the act of even a single individual can have. We remember all forms of resistance – armed and unarmed, Jewish, and non-Jewish – against the Third Reich.

Commemorations in Aotearoa NZ were made possible thanks to the following partners


        and  Canterbury Education Services
The Partisans’ Song World premiered  in Yiddish and Maori in  New Zealand Parliament Reception in Wellington on 27 January 2022
The Partisans’ Song in te reo Maori
Translated by Hemi Kelly (Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa), of the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
The Partisans’ Song initiative is led by the WE ARE HERE! Foundation of Australia.
Sung by Anastasia Reid
Piano – Liam Furey
NZ School of Music
MC: Miriam Bookman
The Partisans’ Song was performed in Yiddish and te reo Māori, in Parliament on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This was the world premiere of the te reo Māori translation, translated by Hēmi Kelly (Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa), of AUT – Auckland University of Technology. HCNZ thanks performers Anastasia Reid and Liam Furey Music, students of the New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī, Victoria University of Wellington for their stunning performance. To listen and read more go to https://youtu.be/leEyM8Xnz88
The Partisans’ Song initiative is led by the WE ARE HERE! Foundation of Australia. wah.foundation