Photos: International Holocaust Remembrance Day Event

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Interim Special Envoy Kozak hosted an event on January 28, 2013 to mark the annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the U.S. Department of State. The event focused on a lesser-known aspect of the Holocaust -- the terrible genocide perpetrated against Jews, Roma, and other victims of the Nazis and their allies between 1941 and 1945 in parts of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. During this period, death squads of German soldiers and local collaborators carried out mass executions of millions of men, women and children, leaving remains in unmarked mass graves. This so-called "Holocaust by Bullets" is the subject of a documentary produced by Yahad-In Unum.

Foreign diplomats, NGO representatives, academics, and others were invited to view the documentary and participate in a discussion moderated by Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Ambassdor Douglas Davidson with a distinguished group of panelists. The panelists included Father Patrick Desbois, one of the founders and the current President of Yahad-In Unum. Yahad-In Unum means ‘unity’ in Hebrew and Latin. The organization's stated aim is “to substantiate this ‘Holocaust by Bullets’, to irrevocably refute the Holocaust deniers of today and tomorrow, to serve as a permanent warning to humanity of the dangers of genocide and to allow for the respectful remembrance of the fallen.” The other panelists were Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming, Director of Visiting Scholar Programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Victoria Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, an expert leader for the Genocide Prevention Task Force that recommended the creation of an Atrocities Prevention Board, which the President created in 2011.

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