UNESCO grants its patronage to Holocaust memorial year in Hungary


UNESCO has agreed to be chief patron of the Holocaust Memorial Year 2014 in Hungary. The memorial year will mark the 70th anniversary of the 1944 deportation of Jews of Hungary to the German extermination and concentration camp of Auschwitz Birkenau and commemorate victims of the Holocaust in Hungary during the Second World War.

The Minister of State heading the Prime Minister’s Office, János Lázár stressed that “the attention that the Memorial Year will receive in 2014 thanks to UNESCO is both an opportunity and a responsibility”. Hungarian authorities will be organizing a series of commemorative, educational and cultural events throughout the year. A special website is dedicated to the Memorial Year 

The granting of UNESCO’s patronage was officially announced on 29 October 2013 in Budapest by Samuel Pisar, UNESCO Honorary Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Education, on behalf of the Director General of UNESCO.