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Holocaust Remembrance Week Events at UN Headquarters

Monday,23 January

Tuesday,24 January

  • 12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.: Exhibit opening for No child’s play – Remembrance and Beyond from Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum in the Visitor’s Lobby. Statements will be made by Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor, Ms. Yehudit Inbar, Curator of Exhibits, Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum and Mr. Melvin Bukiet, Professor, Sarah Lawrence College. Ms. Mischa Baker, a student at the United Nations International School, will read the poem “Dream”, written in the Lodz ghetto by 13 year old Avramek Koplowitz.

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Screening of the movie “Fateless” by Lajos Koltai in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium. The movie is based on the novel with the same name by Nobel Literature Laureate Imre Kertesz which follows a 14-year Jewish boy from Budapest to the Buchenwald concentration camp. Tickets are no longer available for this screening.

Wednesday,25 January

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Additional screening of the movie “Fateless” by Lajos Koltai in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium. Tickets are required, please contact: freudenthal@un.org.

Thursday,26 January

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: An NGO briefing focusing on promoting tolerance and cross-cultural understanding will be held in the Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium. The featured speakers will be Ambassador Dan Gillerman, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations and Mr. Judea Pearl of the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: A solemn candlelight vigil will be held in the visitors’ lobby. Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information will open the ceremony. Statements will be made by Acting President of the General Assembly H.E. Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations and H.E. Ambassador John R. Bolton, Permanent United States Representative to the United Nations. Excerpts from the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be read by Holocaust survivors: Ms. Lyubov Abramovich, Mr. Roman Kent, Ms. Johanna Liebman, Mr. David Mermelstein, Mr. Jack Polak, and Rabbi Arthur Schneier. An excerpt from “The Diary of Anne Frank” will be read by Ms. Jennifer Williams, a student at the United Nations International School. Registration is closed.

Friday,27 January

  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: A memorial ceremony and lecture will be held in the General Assembly Hall. Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor will introduce a programme that will begin with a message from 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. Registration is closed.
For more information, please contact: Mr. Vikram Sura, DPI, sura@un.org, 3-8274

RACIAL
DISCRIMINATION
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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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