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January 27, 2012

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ATAA Remembers the Victims of the Holocaust

Today marks the seventh International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was established by the United Nations General Assembly to annually honor the six million Jewish men, women and children that were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust. Jan. 27 holds historical significance because it was the day in 1945 when the Soviet Red Army liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

On the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, we remember the victims of the Holocaust. On this day we remember the 1.3 million people of Jewish heritage as well as Poles, Roma and Sinti, Soviet prisoners, and people of diverse nationalities and lifestyles who were killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

During the Holocaust, Turkish Diplomats in Europe saved an estimated 75,000 Jews from extermination. Turkey served as a bridge between Jews and the organizations that wanted to help Jews. About 100,000 Jews fled from Europe to Palestine via Turkey. Turkey was one of the first countries to recognize Israel.

ATAA commends Turkish state television channels, TRT and TRT-Int, for airing a nine-part documentary on the Holocaust. TRT broadcasts in Turkish, Azeri, Arabic, Kurdish and other languages, and reaches over 200 million viewers from France and Germany to Kyrgyzstan, from Eurasia and the Balkans to the Arabian Peninsula.

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