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2012 Calendar of Holocaust Remembrance Events

The 2012 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust focused on the theme “Children and the Holocaust”. The United Nations remembers the one-and-a-half million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust, together with the thousands of Roma and Sinti children, the disabled and others, who suffered and died at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators. Some children managed to survive in hiding, others fled to safe havens before it was too late, while many others suffered medical experiments or were sent to the gas chambers immediately upon arriving at the death camps. Highlighting the impact of mass violence on children, this theme has important implications for the 21st century.


New Publications
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  • The UN Holocaust Outreach Programme has produced a 32-page study guide for students aged 13 and up that serves as a companion to the new animated documentary film entitled, “The Last Flight of Petr Ginz”, on the life and artwork of Petr Ginz, a Jewish boy from Prague who perished in the Holocaust at the age of 16. The publication features Petr’s art and writings, and provides historical context for the film and information about the United Nations, human rights and Holocaust remembrance activities. The publication is available online in all official United Nations languages and has been distributed to its global network of information centres with the film for educational programmes in the field. 




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    The UN Holocaust Outreach Programme also partnered with the 92 Street Y to develop a lesson on Petr Ginz for its “School of the Arts Musical Introduction Series” for 5 to 9 year olds in 25 public schools in New York. The Programme contributed to the teachers’ guide and student journal, which will showcase Petr’s art in the unit entitled, “Remember Me: Art, Music and Poetry Celebrating the Children of Terezin”. 


Events:

Wednesday & Thursday, 18-19 January 2012

  • Concert series “Remember Me: Music, Art and Poetry - Celebrating the Children of Terezin”

    Students aged 5 to 9 and their teachers attended this series of four concerts celebrating the children of Terezin.  A representative of the United Nations Department of Public Information Outreach Division delivered remarks at the opening of each concert, which included a screening of the trailer of “The Last Flight of Petr Ginz”, providing the students an opportunity to learn more about Petr’s experience at Terezin.

    Monday, 23 January 2012

  • A Special Event for “IWitness” with USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education
    Venue: Conference Room 2, Temporary North Lawn Building (UNHQ)

    IWitness” is a new online application which provides a searchable collection of video testimonies of Holocaust survivors, along with educational tools and supporting resources for students. Twelve classes from secondary schools in the New York metropolitan area were invited to create a research project using “IWitness”. The special event, co-sponsored by the United States Mission to the United Nations, featured student presentations of their projects using “IWitness” and a Q&A with Roman Kent, a Holocaust survivor, whose testimony is in this collection.



Tuesday, 24 January 2012

  • Exhibit Opening of “The Face of the Ghetto: Pictures by Jewish Photographers from the Lodz Ghetto 1940-1944” 
    Venue: UN Visitors’ Lobby

    This exhibition presents new photographs of community life in the Lodz Ghetto, taken by the Jewish inhabitants. The exhibition is curated by the Topography of Terror Foundation, Berlin (Germany) in cooperation with the State Archive in Lodz (Poland).

    While researching in the National Archives in Lodz, historian Dr. Ingo Loose and curator Dr. Thomas Lutz came across 27 photo albums. Inside were about 12,000 contact prints in small format, sorted thematically and taken by Jewish photographers at the request of the ghetto's Jewish Council. This collection of images - which is hardly known, even among experts in the field - shows a decisive step in the persecution of Jews in the Lizmannstadt Ghetto. Through this exhibition, these photographs are accessible to the public for the very first time.


  • Wednesday, 25 January 2012

  • Commemorative Conference to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Tragedy of Babyn Yar in Ukraine
    Venue: Conference Room 1, Temporary North Lawn Building (UNHQ)

    The Conference was organized by the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations. Under-Secretary-General Kiyo Akasaka delivered brief remarks. During the event an album of artwork dedicated to the Holocaust was presented by the author, prominent Ukrainian Jewish artist Mikhail Turovsk.
  • Film Screening and Panel Discussion of “The Last Flight of Petr Ginz”  
    Venue: Conference Room 1, Temporary North Lawn Building (UNHQ)
    Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


    The UN's Holocaust Programme screened a new animated documentary film on the life and artwork of Petr Ginz, a Jewish boy from Prague who perished in the Holocaust at the age of 16, after spending two years in Terezin.  He was a brilliant child who wrote a diary, four novels and created 200 illustrations and paintings during his short life.  

    The screening was held in partnership with the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University and the Documentary Institute at the University of Florida. A panel discussion with the filmmakers and Mr. Leo Lowy, a Holocaust survivor, followed the screening.

    Office Website

    Press Release:
    United Nations to Honour Child Holocaust Victims by Screening "The Last Flight of Petr Ginz" at Headquarters, 25 January (23 January 2012)

  • Thursday, 26 January 2012

  • Opening of the Exhibitions “A Monument of Good Deeds: Dreams and Hopes of Children During the Holocaust” and “The Holocaust - Keeping the Memory Alive”
    Venue: UN Visitors’ Lobby


    3The exhibition on children is curated by Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, and features the stories of 13 children during the Holocaust. Through their portraits, toys and artwork, visitors to this exhibition will learn how these children lived their daily lives as the war was raging around them.



    A second exhibit titled "The Holocaust - Keeping the Memory Alive" features 16 entries of the Design Student Poster Contest. The project was funded by the grant programme of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF). Partnering in the project: Yad Vashem, Israel, together with the Israel Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs; Mémorial de la Shoah, France; the European Shoah Legacy Institute, Czech Republic; and in cooperation with the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme. The top 16 entries are presented.

    Friday, 27 January 2012

  • Holocaust Memorial Ceremony
    Venue: General Assembly Hall (UNHQ)
    Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


    The solemn ceremony on the theme “Children and the Holocaust” included a video message by the UN Secretary-General and statements by the President of the General Assembly and the Permanent Representative of Israel and the Dominican Republic to the United Nations. The Under-Secretary-General also launched the UN Holocaust Outreach Programme’s new study guide for children. Keynote remarks were made by Professor Robert Krell (Canada), a child survivor and psychiatrist who is devoted to understanding the problems of Holocaust survivor-families and their wellbeing. Students from New York City performed songs from the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood’s production of “Sosua: Dare to Dance Together”, which is based on the true story of the emigration of Jewish refugees to the Dominican Republic.

    Download Programme of the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony [pdf]



  • Side-event organized by B'nai B'rith International


    Zachor: Holocaust Memory Across Generations
    Venue: Consulate General of Germany, 871 United Nations Plaza

    Time: 8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

    B’nai B’rith International held a special breakfast programme on the Shoah and its legacy across the generations. Ambassador Brusso von Alvensleben, Consul General of Germany, and Allan J. Jacobs, President of B’nai B’rith International, made remarks during the event.