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2017 Holocaust Remembrance Calendar of Events

“Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”

The theme for the Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2017, including the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, is “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”. The theme emphasises the universal dimension of Holocaust education as a platform for building respect for human rights, increasing tolerance and defending our common humanity. The Holocaust was a defining point in history and its lessons have much to teach about the danger of extremism and the prevention of genocide today.

New Educational Products
Poster set State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda



The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme has partnered with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to produce a set of 16 posters based on the Museum's exhibition State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda for display by the global network of United Nations information centres. The exhibition examines how the Nazis used propaganda to win broad voter support in Germany’s young democracy after the First World War, implement radical programmes under the party’s dictatorship in the 1930s, and justify war and mass murder. The exhibition emphasises why the issue of propaganda matters and challenges to question, analyse, and seek the truth. The posters and a lesson plan are available in all 6 United Nations official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish) as well as Dutch, Kiswahili and Ukrainian.

 


 

 

Monday, 23 January 2017

  • Exhibit Opening Education and Remembrance. The Holocaust in Romania

    Venue: Curved Wall, Conference Building, United Nations Headquarters
    Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    (by invitation only)
    Contact: elisabeta.david@mae.ro

    The exhibition titled Education and Remembrance. The Holocaust in Romania illustrates the Holocaust commemorative and educational events organised in Romania during the Romanian presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in 2016. The exhibition highlights Holocaust education programmes organized by the Romanian authorities together with civil society and international organisations for members of the civil service such as policemen, magistrates and teachers, as well as activities that engaged students. The exhibition includes a brief history of the Holocaust in Romania with the special focus on the pogrom in Iași in 1941 and the brave stories of some Romanian Righteous Among the Nations, which are meant to inspire young generations in protecting universal and democratic values. Produced by the National Institute for Romanian Holocaust Studies "Elie Wiesel", the exhibition will be on view from 16 to 27 January 2017.

 

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

  • Exhibit Opening State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

    Venue: Visitors’ Lobby, General Assembly Building
    Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    (by invitation only)

    The exhibition State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda examines how the Nazis used propaganda to win broad voter support in Germany’s young democracy after the First World War, implement radical programmes under the party’s dictatorship in the 1930s, and justify war and mass murder. The exhibition emphasises why the issue of propaganda matters and challenges visitors to question, analyse, and seek the truth.

    Remarks were delivered by Ms. Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information; H.E. Ms. Michele J. Sison, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations; Mr. Howard D. Unger, Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council; Dr. Steven Luckert; Senior Program Curator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Ms. Jill Pauly, Holocaust Survivor and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Volunteer. The exhibit is curated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and will be on view through March 2017.

    This event is open to United Nations pass holders and visitors who register in person at the Visitors' Check in Office at 801 First Avenue at 45th Street. Then proceed to pass through UN Security screening at the 46 Street entrance to the main United Nations building.

    Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

  • Film Screening Persona Non Grata

    Venue: Conference Room 4
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

    Contact: HolocaustRemembrance@un.org

    The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Japan and Lithuania to the United Nations, screened the film Persona Non Grata. The film reveals the story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat whose decision to issue visas to Jewish refugees in Kaunas, Lithuania, saved thousands of lives. The Permanent Representatives of Japan and Lithuania to the United Nations delivered opening statements. Film director Cellin Gluck introduced the film and participated in a discussion with the audience. Mr. Maher Nasser, the Director of the Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Public Information, moderated the discussion.

    Credit: c2015 "Persona Non Grata" Film Partners

 

Thursday, 26 January 2017

  • United Nations Department of Public Information NGO Briefing
    Holocaust Remembrance: Educating against Extremism, Building a Better Future

    Venue: Conference Room 1
    Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Contact: undpingo@un.org

    A panel of experts examined the powerful propaganda that enabled the Nazis to successfully spread their racist ideology and gain influence. What was the impact of this, how did the society recover from it and what lessons are there to be learned for educating against extremist views and help build a more peaceful world today? Following the statements a discussion was held with the audience on effective educational tools and the responsibility of society in helping to stop the spread of hatred and extremism.

    Ms. Hawa Diallo, Public Information Officer in the NGO Relations Section of the Department of Public Information, delivered welcoming remarks. The panellists included Dr. Steven Luckert, Senior Program Curator, Levine Institute for Holocaust Education, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum;  Professor Jaimey Fisher, PhD, Director of the Davis Humanities Institute, University of California, Davis, and author of Disciplining Germany: Youth, Reeducation, and Reconstruction after the Second World War (Wayne State University, 2007); Mr. Thomas Schieb, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations; Ms. Virginie Ladisch, Head of the Children and Youth programme at the International Center for Transitional Justice; and Ms. Gillian Kitley, Head of Office, Office of the Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Kimberly Mann, the Chief of the Education Outreach Section in the Outreach Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information.
  • Film Screening Jacob the Liar (1974)

    Venue: Czech Center New York
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Contact: karpetova@czechcenter.com
    JACOB THE LIAR

    In a ghetto located in German Nazi occupied Poland in 1944, Jacob Heym (played by award-winning Czech actor Vlastimil Brodsky) is summoned to the police station. While there, Jacob overhears on the radio that "the Russians are twenty kilometres from Bezanika." The next day he tells this to a despondent friend who is about to commit suicide and the news renews his hope in salvation. As no one in the ghetto is permitted to have a radio, Jacob pretends to have one. All are then eager to hear news from the outside world and constantly ask Jacob for updates on the advance of the Soviets. Jacob creates fictional reports to help alleviate the unbearable hopelessness of those around him, but his lies cannot stop the machinery that brings death to all the ghetto inhabitants.

    A bittersweet comedy loaded with human quirks and nuance. Based on the book by Jurek Becker.

    Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1977, the story was remade in Hollywood starring Robin Williams in 1999.

Friday, 27 January 2017

  • Discussion "Sugihara: Being an Upstander in a Tumultuous World"

    Time:
    8:45 a.m.
    Contact: Oren Drori, rsvpun@bnaibrith.org or 212-557-0019

    At great risk to himself and his family, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara dared to do what was right, signing transit visas in order to save thousands of Jews from extermination by the Nazis. Richard A. Salomon, whose father received visa #299, will explore why Sugihara acted as he did, as well as the lessons for us today. Introductory remarks will be made by B'nai B'rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and Executive Vice President/CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin.

  • United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony
    International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust


    Venue: General Assembly Hall 
    Time:
    11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 
    Contact: HolocaustRemembrance@un.org

    The ceremony was hosted by Ms. Cristina Gallach, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. The event included remarks by United Nations Secretary-General; H. E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly; H.E. Mr. Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations; H.E. Ms. Michele J. Sison, United States Deputy Representative to the United Nations. Mr. Noah Klieger was keynote speaker. Cantor Israel Singer, of CongregationTemple Emanu-El of Closter, New Jersey, recited the memorial prayers and be accompanied by violinist Mr. Artur Kaganovskiy. The ceremony included music by guitarist Mr. Gary Lucas and vocalist Ms. Rachel Joselson, Doctor of Music Arts and Associate Professor at the University of Iowa.



  • Meet the Author Someday You Will Understand

    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    United Nations Bookshopbook
    GA Building, Visitors Concourse

    Author Nina Wolff-Feld has used primary sources including letters and photographs given to her by her father, Walter Wolff, to chronicle his story as a Holocaust survivor who survived as a refugee in hiding, managing to escape Europe to the United States before 1941. He trained at Camp Ritchie as an intelligence officer in the army, and returned to Europe to interrogate prisoners of war (POWs) in preparation for the trials at Nuremberg.

    Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and the Director of Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College, also participated in the discussion.

    This event is open to United Nations pass holders and visitors who register in person at the Visitors' Check in Office at 801 First Avenue at 45th Street. Then proceed to pass through UN Security screening at the 46 Street entrance to the main United Nations building.