2019 United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Week

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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.
United Nations Civil Society Briefing A Matter of Humanity: The Rescue of Jews in Albania during the Holocaust 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 Global Communications, 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 by the 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 25 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.
United Nations Bookshop organizes Meet the Author Event: Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom by Ariel Burger. Ariel Burger is a writer, artist, teacher, and rabbi whose work combines spirituality, creativity, and strategies for social change. In his profoundly thought-provoking and inspiring book, Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom, Burger gives us a front-row seat to Wiesel’s remarkable exchanges in and out of the classroom, and chronicles the intimate conversations between these two men over the decades as Burger sought counsel on matters of intellect, spirituality, and faith, while navigating his own personal journey from boyhood to manhood, from student and assistant, to rabbi and, in time, teacher. The event will take place on Tuesday, 29 January 2019. Please register here to attend.
The second exhibition, presented by the Permanent Missions of Austria and Norway to the United Nations, is titled 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 26 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. She recorded her everyday life, and the increasing persecution of Jews after the “Anschluss” of 1938. Ruth witnessed the violent antisemitism of the November Pogrom, 1938. Forced to flee Austria, Ruth found refuge in Norway. In Norway she completed her schooling and revealed her talents in drawing, painting and writing.  She shared her thoughts about life in occupied Norway, her love and poetry in her diaries but now she wrote in her new language, Norwegian. However, she could not escape antisemitism or the reach of the Nazis. In 1942 Ruth was arrested in front of her friends and deported from Nazi-occupied Norway to Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945). The Nazis murdered Ruth on 1 December 1942. Since 2014 Ruth Maier’s diaries have been part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, secured at The Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies. The opening is by invitation only on 29 January 2019.
The third exhibition, presented by the Permanent Mission of Poland to the United Nations, in cooperation with the Consulate General of Poland in New York, Bracha. A Blessing. Back to Polish Shtetls. This photographic exhibition brings to us images of a world that survived the Holocaust, despite the attempts of the German Nazis and their accomplices to annihilate Jewish communities, peoples and culture. The photographs of Polish documentary producer and photographer Ms. Agnieszka Traczewska, document the journeys of the descendants of Jews who once lived in the Polish territories, to the remains of Jewish heritage in Poland: the synagogues, graveyards and the graves of Tzadikim. The exhibition will be on view until 1 February 2019. The opening is by invitation only on 28 January 2019.
B’nai B’rith International and the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations will host the event India: A Distant Haven During the Holocaust. 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.

Kind regards,
Kimberly Mann, Chief
Education Outreach Section
Department of Global Communications
United Nations, New York
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