UNESCO commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day
“The Impact of Holocaust Education: How to Assess Policies and Practices?” is the title of an International seminar organized by UNESCO and the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, which will take place on 27 January at UNESCO (Room IV, 2.30 to 6.30 p.m.), in the framework of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
Academics and representatives of organizations specialized in the history of the Shoah attending the event will analyse the evolution of teaching about the Holocaust in countries such as Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
UNESCO will also mark the commemoration of the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camps with a ceremony in honour of the victims (Room I, 7.30 p.m.). The ceremony will feature the first-hand testimony of Yisrael Meir Lau, a child-survivor of the concentration camp of Buchenwald, President of the Yad Vashem Memorial and Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv.
János Lázár, Minister of State heading the Prime Minister's Office of Hungary, will take the floor to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the destruction of his country’s Jewish community.
The evening, hosted by French actrice Irène Jacob, will end with a performance of the theatrical and musical show, “Haïm - by the Light of a Violin,” which tells the story of Haim Lisky, a violinist who survived the ghetto of Lodz and infernal conditions in Auschwitz thanks to his music. It will feature French actrice Mélanie Doutey as the narrator and Nnaman Sluchin playing the violin.
Two films are to be screened on 27 January at UNESCO: “Regina” (2013) by Hungarian director Diana Groó, which tells the story of Regina Jonas, the first woman Rabbi in history, who was murdered in the Holocaust (Room IV, 12.30 to 2 p.m.) and “Kisses to the Children” (2011), by Greek director Vassilis Loules, about Jewish Greek children hidden in Greece (Room II, 5 to 7 p.m.).
Several exhibitions will also be held at UNESCO from 27 January to 13 February: “Journeys through the Holocaust,” video testimonies of Jewish refugees, created by the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation in cooperation with UNESCO; “In the Footsteps of the Lost”, photographs by Matt Mendelsohn, presented by the Shoah Memorial; “The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity,” organized by Poland’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO; and “Shoa Survivors : Courage, Determination, Life,” paintings by Alain Husson-Dumoutier, UNESCO Artist for Peace.
The participants will unite at UNESCO on International Holocaust Remembrance Day to commemorate the genocide of the Jewish people and the millions who perished at the hands of the Nazis. They will promote education for the prevention of genocide. The day has been marked on every 27 January since 2006, in keeping with a United Nations General Assembly resolution to that effect.
Journalists wishing to attend the event are required to request accreditation from UNESCO’s Press Service
Contacts: Isabelle Le Fournis: i.le-fournis(at)unesco.org
Djibril Kebé: d.kebe(at)unesco.org