Launch of UNESCO/WJC website “Facts about the Holocaust”

When :

from Monday 19 November, 2018
12:00
to Monday 19 November, 2018
13:00

Type of event :

Special Event

Where :

UNESCO Headquarters, Room II, 125, avenue de Suffren, 75007, Paris, France

UNESCO and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) launch a new website entitled “Facts about the Holocaust” on 19 November 2018 at UNESCO Headquarters. The website will serve as an interactive online tool to counter messages of Holocaust denial and distortion that are circulating on the Internet and social media.
UNESCO and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) have jointly developed an interactive website on the history of the Holocaust to counter messages of Holocaust denial and distortion that are circulating on the Internet and social media. The website provides essential historical information about the Holocaust and its legacy and will serve as an online support for communication campaigns on social media in Arabic, English and French. It includes in particular witness testimonies, approximately 80 facts about the history of the Holocaust linked to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Online Holocaust Encyclopaedia, and a substantial time-line with key dates. Moreover, at the heart of the website is the “Educate a Friend” feature, which enables users to ‘nominate’ a friend to receive automatic emails containing historical information.
The launch event will open with speeches by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and the president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, followed by a multimedia presentation of the new website and its features. A panel discussion on “Holocaust denial and distortion in the digital age: How to engage with new generations?” with the participation of Charlotte Agran, “Ambassador Programme” Manager at the Holocaust Educational Trust, Paul Shapiro, Director of International Affairs, of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Déborah Lichentin, Jewish Diplomatic Corps of the World Jewish Congress and moderated by Robert Singer, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the World Jewish Congress, will conclude the event.