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"The International Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is thus a day on which we must reassert our commitment to human rights.

We must also go beyond remembrance, and make sure that new generations know this history. We must apply the lessons of the Holocaust to today’s world. And we must do our utmost so that all peoples must enjoy the protections and rights for which the United Nations stands."


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
Press Conference SG/SM/11379, 17 January 2008

Holocaust Remembrance Week Activities 2008

Thursday, 17 January 2008

6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.Opening - Gennady Dobrov Art Exhibition “Memorial Drawings: Remembering the Holocaust Victims and their Liberators”, (sponsored by Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, in collaboration with UNIC Moscow) mounted on the conference room level (1B) 17 to 31 January 2008.

Monday, 28 January 2008

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. : Press Launch - Holocaust Remembrance Postal Stamp.
Open to UN press corps and accredited media only.

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Holocaust Remembrance Postal Stamp Ceremony - Museum of Jewish Heritage, organized by United Nations Postal Administration and Philatelic Service of Israel.  (Contact: gray3@un.org).

1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. : B'nai B'rith International panel discussion and film screening- "Holocaust Education in Action", moderated by Eric Falt, Director, Outreach Division/UNDPI; with Sandra Roberts, Director/Teacher of the Paper Clips Holocaust Project, Whitwell Middle School, Tennesee; Katie Easterly, Junior Whitwell Highschool, Paper Clips Project participant; and Hélène-Marie Gosselin, Director, UNESCO New York Office,

2:45 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. film screening of the “Paper Clips Project” 

6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. : Holocaust Remembrance Day Memorial Ceremony and Concert - The keynote speech was delivered by Mrs. Katarina Lantos Swett, on behalf of her father, former US Congressman Tom Lantos (D) who was a Holocaust survivor on “Civic responsibility and the Preservation of Democratic Values". The event featured the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Tel Aviv University, in cooperation with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. : Exhibit Opening - “BESA: A Code of Honor, Muslim Albanians who Rescued Jews during the Holocaust” produced by Yad Vashem and sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Albania to the United Nations, and a second exhibit “Carl Lutz and the Legendary Glass House in Budapest” organized and produced by the Carl Lutz Foundation in Budapest and sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Switzerland and Hungary to the United Nations. United Nations Visitor’s Lobby.

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.: Holocaust Exhibit Opening on the UN Guided Tours Route - Produced by the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme.

Thursday, 31 January 2008

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. : Screening of documentary movie - "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport" with film producer Deborah Oppenheimer.