How to Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

On this day of commemoration, the United Nations urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

Two years ago, the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center commemorated the day by opening its new museum at Union Terminal. In its first year at Union Terminal, attendance grew by more than 400 percent. While the pandemic impacted the way HHC carried out its mission in its second year, the staff engaged tens of thousands of people from dozens of countries across the world.

Here are ways you can commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day this year:

Listen to the stories of survivors.

Attend a special edition of the Holocaust Speaker Series via Zoom. Anna Ornstein is an Auschwitz survivor, psychoanalyst and psychiatrist, author, speaker, and scholar. Anna (Brunn) Ornstein was born in 1927 in Szendrő, Hungary to Wilmos and Zsofi (Furth) Brunn and had two older brothers, Paul and Endre. After Germany invaded Hungary, her brothers were deported to a forced labor camp. Anna and her parents were eventually sent to a large ghetto in Miskolc. From there, Anna, her parents and grandmother were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944. Her father and grandmother were killed immediately. Anna remained with her mother as they were transferred to Plaszow, returned to Auschwitz, then transferred again to the Parschnitz labor camp. She will tell her story today at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Register now.
Learn about a new exhibit that preserves Holocaust survivor testimony. 

Using specialized recording and display technologies and next-generation natural language processing, Dimensions in Testimony allows visitors to ask two-dimensional displays of Holocaust survivors questions and receive responses in real time. Dimensions in Testimony is on exhibit in only seven other museums in the world. Opening to the public on February 5, the exhibit experience – sponsored by the Harold C. Schott Foundation – is included as part of general admission to the Holocaust & Humanity Center’s museum at Union Terminal. Attend the virtual grand opening of the Dimensions in Testimony exhibit.

Learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and address antisemitism today.

There is a rising tide of hate and polarization in America and beyond. Recently released data crimes shows hate crimes at a 16-year high, according to the FBI. The most recent study on antisemitism by the ADL shows that the number of incidents in 2019 were the highest since they began reporting in 1979. Ohio is not immune to this current trend. Join The Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Cincinnati for “Hate at Home: Antisemitism and Why it Matters Today” as we discuss how antisemitism has changed over time. From the Holocaust in Europe to contemporary antisemitism and hate in our own state, be inspired to combat antisemitism and other forms of extremism in your own communities. Register now.

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center exists to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today. Located at Cincinnati’s historic Union Terminal, HHC educates more than 200,000 community members through its educational initiatives, innovative digital and in-person programs, virtual tours and partnerships. For more information, visit