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United Nations Creates International Holocaust Remembrance Holiday

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The United Nations has designated Sunday as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Pope Benedict released two white doves overlooking Saint Peter's square as a sign of peace. He urged people to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive as a reminder that all forms of hatred and racism must be overcome.

A University of Virginia professor says the lessons from the holocaust must live on.

"The importance of studying history in general is to remember regularly what the sources of our values are and often the sources of our values are events that scared us so much," Peter Ochs, a UVA professor, said. "We begin to remember what values we have to respond to that. For most of us who have studied modern history, the Holocaust -symbolized by Auschwitz -is the most frightening event in human history."

Sixty-eight years ago, 7,500 prisoners were liberated from the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp.

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