King, Queen and Prime Minister to attend Auschwitz commemoration

On 27 January, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will attend a commemoration marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp in Poland.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day was first held on 27 January 2006, following a UN resolution adopted on 1 November 2005. The date was chosen because it was on 27 January 1945 that Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated.

The annual remembrance ceremony, organised by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum, commemorates not only the victims of the Holocaust, but all the victims of the Nazi regime.