The 191-member UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution establishing an annual day to commemorate the Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War II. It will be observed on January 27, the day that the Auschwitz death camp was liberated by Russian forces. Israel welcomed the decision, describing it as "historic." Israel has often been the target of UN resolutions, but times have changed. “The United Nations has moved toward Israel to a more balanced and more fair approach to the Middle East,” said Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev. UN Secretary-General Kofi called the Holocaust "a unique evil, which cannot simply be consigned to the past or forgotten."
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