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Memorial Ceremony

International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust: "Remembrance and Beyond"

Friday, 27 January 2006

In the first UN observance of the International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust, the United Nations Department of Public Information will hold a memorial ceremony and launch a lecture series in the General Assembly Hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, will introduce a programme that will feature messages from the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. A statement by the President of the Sixtieth Session of the General Assembly will be read by the Acting President, Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations. The event will also include a statement by H.E. Ambassador Dan Gillerman, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations. The ceremony will feature Holocaust survivor Mrs. Gerda Klein, introduced by Mr. Roman Kent, Chairman of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, a performance by the Zamir Chorale of Boston and a keynote address titled “Remembrance and Beyond” by Professor Yehuda Bauer, Advisor to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education Remembrance and Research.

Watch an archived webcast of the memorial ceremony on 27 January at 10:30 am (EST).


A UN Cyberschoolbus curriculum unit on racial discrimination for middle- and high-school teachers and students that examines the Holocaust is available for classroom use. The unit aims to:

  • help students articulate their beliefs about racial differences;
  • describe the link between racist beliefs and actions using historical examples;
  • define institutional racism and provide examples of how it is supported through economic, political, social, and cultural means; and,
  • provide examples of positive actions to combat racial discrimination at the individual, community, and international levels
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