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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