2019 United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Week

Time:2018-12-28 14:34 Source:未知 Writer:admin read:
Dear Friends,
Registration is open for the week of the United Nations Holocaust Remembrance events that will be held in New York in January 2019. The theme of the Holocaust memorial ceremony will be “Holocaust Remembrance: Demand and Defend Your Human Rights”. This theme encourages youth to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust, act against discrimination and defend democratic values in their communities, at a time when the spread of Neo-Nazism and hate groups fuels the rising antisemitism and other forms of hatred around the world. The theme highlights the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. We invite you to register online as soon as you can to the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, our main event, that will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the United Nations General Assembly Hall on Monday, 28 January 2019. Please register here to attend.
We are also excited to screen the film Who Will Write Our History, presented by Abramorama, Katahdin Productions and Match&Spark in association with ARTE/NDR . The screening will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 January 2018 with support from American Jewish Committee’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights. In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 350,000 Jewish men, women and children in the Warsaw Ghetto, historian Emanuel Ringelblum began to develop a secret archive of the ordeal facing those imprisoned by the Nazis in the Ghetto and the new arrivals, who shared their stories of deportation and murder. The core group of archivists was comprised of journalists, scholars and community leaders and was known by the code name Oyneg Shabes. The group buried the archive, most of which was discovered after the Second World War. The archive remains a powerful example of resistance and a heroic attempt to safeguard Jewish heritage and culture. A Q&A with the filmmakers and an historian will follow. Please register here to attend.
DPI NGO Briefing A Matter of Humanity: The Rescue of Jews in Albania will take place on 31 January 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with support from the World Jewish Congress. Albania’s response to the plight of Jewish people during the Second World War remains a powerful example of compassion in the face of Nazi brutality during the Holocaust. The Department of Public Information, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Albania to the United Nations, will organize a multi-media programme to build awareness and appreciation of the acts of rescue by Albanians of Jewish people during the Second World War. Please register here to attend.
Exhibition Beyond Duty: Diplomats Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations sponsored Permanent Missions of Israel, Peru and Portugal to the United Nations will be on display in the United Nations Visitors Lobby from 29 January until late February 2019. It relates the unique stories of diplomats recognized by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, as Righteous Among the Nations. During the Holocaust, these diplomats recognized the danger and murder facing the Jews in the countries in which they served, at the hands of the Nazi Germans, with the help of their accomplices and allies. They chose to act according to their conscience, and tried to save as many Jewish men, women and children as possible, mainly by providing them with passports, visas and travel permits. Please register here to attend the opening at 1:15 p.m. on Monday, 28 January 2019.
The second exhibition presented by the Permanent Missions of Austria and Norway to the United Nations Lives Cut Short - Seeking Refuge During the Holocaust: The Short Life of Ruth Maier will be on display in the United Nations Visitors Lobby from 30 January until late February 2019. Through a combination of photographs and diary extracts, this exhibition tells the story of Ruth Maier. Born in Vienna in 1920, Ruth began keeping a diary when she turned 13. Ruth recording her feelings, her everyday life in her diary, and the increasing persecution of Jews after the “Anschluss” of 1938. On the eve of her 18th birthday, Ruth was witness to the violent antisemitism of the Kristallnacht Pogrom. Thrown out of school, evicted from her home, robbed of a future in Nazi-occupied Austria, Ruth found refuge in Norway in January 1939. In 1942 the police of the Quisling government delivered Ruth into the hands of the Nazis. Deported from Oslo to Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1941-1945), Ruth was murdered on 1 December 1942. Her diaries remain a powerful testimony to the talent lost to the world at the hands of the Nazis and their accomplices. The opening is by invitation only on 29 January 2019.
B’nai B’rith International and the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations will host the event India during the Holocaust: A Distant Haven. It focuses on a lesser-known chapter in the history of the Holocaust: the haven found in India by a number of Jewish refugees who fled from Europe. Author and expert on India’s Jewish community Dr. Kenneth X. Robbins will discuss the Jews who were able to escape Nazism in India. Stephen Tauber, who was an Austrian Jewish refugee in India, will tell his family’s story. To register RSVP required by 18 January to rsvpUN@bnaibrith.org.
Please consult the full calendar of Holocaust events that will be held during the week. We look forward to welcoming you to the United Nations in New York.
Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year !
Kind regards,
Kimberly Mann, Chief
Education Outreach Section
Department of Public Information
United Nations, New York
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