New exhibition honours UNESCO Honorary Ambassadors and Special Envoys

02 January 2018

UNESCO Honorary Ambassadors and Special Envoys Beate and Serge Klarsfeld honoured in a new exhibition at the Shoah Memorial ‘Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, the battles of memory (1968-1978)’.

Named UNESCO Honorary Ambassadors and Special Envoys for Education about the Holocaust and the Prevention of Genocide, Beate and Serge Klarsfeld have spent decades committed to finding justice and truth for Nazi and Vichy war crimes victims, supporting the cause of the descendants of deported Jews, and importantly, calling on societies to recognize their historical and moral responsibilities in the aftermath of the Second World War, and their dedication to the ideals of the Organization. 

The exhibition covers the couple’s actions in bringing Nazi perpetrators to justice between 1968-1978, starting with Beate’s now infamous slap of West German Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger in 1968 and ending in 1978 with the publication of Serge’s Mémorial de la deportation des Juifs de France.  It displays a number of formally unseen objects and documents, allowing visitors to understand the context and motivations of the couple during this time of great political, social and cultural upheaval in Europe.  The exhibition honors the couple’s tireless actions, and pays tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, to the importance of fighting impunity of the leaders of the Nazi Final Solution and preventing antisemitism; causes for which Beate and Serge Klarsfeld have now become symbolic.

The Shoah Memorial is an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO. For more information about the exhibition and the Memorial, please visit their website.  

Learn more about Beate and Serge Klarsfeld’s work as UNESCO Honorary Ambassadors and Special Envoys here.