International Day of Commemoration in memory of victims of the Holocaust
The International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust gathers hundreds of participants at UNESCO to commemorate the genocide of the Jewish people and the millions of victims of the Nazi regime, so as to promote the role of education in preventing genocide.
Several exhibitions will be presented, as well as events initiated by national delegations. The ceremony will be preceded with an international seminar on the assessment of Holocaust education practices and policies, in partnership with the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research and UNESCO International Bureau of Education.
The day will begin with an international seminar on “The impact of Holocaust education: how to assess policies and practices?” The purpose of this seminar, organized in partnership with the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research and the International Bureau of Education of UNESCO, with the support of the Delegation of Hungary, is to discuss the content and quality of Holocaust education in several countries of the world.
The ceremony in memory of the victims is organized in partnership with the Shoah Memorial and with the support of the delegations of Germany and France. Central to the event will be the testimony of Yisrael Meir Lau, child survivor of Buchenwald concentration camp, President of the Yad Vashem Memorial, former Chief Rabbi of Israel and present Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv. UNESCO will also welcome Mr János Lázár, Minister of State heading the Office of the Prime Minister of Hungary and President of the International Commission of the Hungarian Holocaust Memorial Year 2014. His presence will mark the 70th anniversary of the destruction of the Hungarian Jewish community. The event, presented by French actress Irène Jacob, will end with Haïm – by the light of a violin. This musical and theatrical show recounts the life of Haïm Lipsky, a violinist survivor of Lodz ghetto, who was saved from Auschwitz thanks to his music. It will be narrated by Mélanie Doutey and performed in the violin by Naaman Sluchin.
UNESCO will also present several exhibitions on that day: “Journeys through the Holocaust”, testimonies of Jewish refugees by the USC Shoah Foundation and UNESCO; “In the Footsteps of the Lost”, photographs by Matt Mendelsohn with the Shoah Memorial; “The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity”, by the Permanent Delegation of Poland and “Les Rescapés de la Shoah: courage, volonté, vie”, paintings by Alain Husson-Dumoutier, UNESCO Artist for Peace.
Lastly, several events will be organized by permanent delegations. The delegation of Hungary will present the movie Regina (2013) by Diana Groó, the story of the first woman Rabbi, murdered during the Holocaust. The delegation of Greece will project the film Kisses to the children (2011) by Vassilis Loules, about hidden children in Greece.