- USG Akasaka Visits Holocaust Memorial in Budapest
- B'nai B'rith International UN Advocacy Days
- From One Generation to the Next: What Can We Learn from the Holocaust?
- Anne Frank Twitter Campaign
- Daniel Pearl Music Days
- Book Signing
- UN Exhibits
B’nai B’rith International, the world’s oldest Jewish communal and humanitarian organization, has been engaged with the United Nations since it was founded, and maintains an office dedicated to liaising with the Organization. B’nai B’rith International's "UN Advocacy Days" programme brings to New York dozens of representatives of B’nai B’rith International from more than 50 countries to meet with ambassadors, other diplomats and United Nations officials to discuss global developments. In his message to the participants in the programme, delivered by Chef de Cabinet Vijay Nambiar at a reception on 23 May, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the group's commitment to tolerance and service complements the United Nations global mission of development, human rights and peace. He thanked B’nai B’rith International for its support, emphasizing that “this is an era that places a premium on working in common cause for common solutions. We do so as a matter of pragmatic burden sharing, but also because we are fated to live more of our lives in common”, he said. The Secretary-General also reiterated the Organization's commitment to combating Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism and hatred, saying that ‘“Never again” is a call to action for our time, too -- for all people, anywhere. He also made reference to the recent genocide prevention event with Francis Deng, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough project, that was organized by the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme on 20 May 2011. This event, along with his own visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and that of Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro to Auschwitz earlier this year are a fundamental part of the mission of the United Nations, he said.
Kimberly Mann, Manager, United Nations Holocaust Programme
Kimberly Mann, manager of the Holocaust Programme, also spoke at the diplomatic reception. Recognizing B’nai B’rith International as one of the Programme's valued partners, she thanked the organization for its contribution to Holocaust Remembrance efforts at the United Nations. Each year, B’nai B’rith organizes a panel discussion at the Organization's New York Headquarters on the day of the annual memorial ceremony. Topics of these discussions have ranged from Holocaust education and interreligious responses to the Holocaust today, to the story of rescuers and rescued. She also expressed her appreciation for the goodwill and positive relationship that the two institutions have enjoyed since the establishment of the United Nations Holocaust Programme in January 2006.
Message from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Delivered by Mr. Vijay Nambiar, Chef de Cabinet
Each October the Department of Public Information partners with the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, to co-sponsor a concert as part of the Daniel Pearl Music Days celebration in memory of the slain journalist. The music days unite thousands of musicians over 60 countries to helps spread a message of respect for diversity and solidarity. The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme lends its support to the Daniel Pearl Foundation and the Museum of Jewish Heritage to celebrate the continuing triumph of tolerance and diversity through the universal language of music.
Daniel Pearl Music Days 2008 Edition- Soulfarm and Moshav Band
Front row (from left to right): Duvid Swirksy, Gal Gershovsky, Yehuda Solomon,
Yosef Solomon- Back row (from left to right): Andrew Frawley, Yoshie Fruchter, Noah Solomon,
Eric Falt (Director of the Outreach Division, DPI), Dr. David Marwell (Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage),
C Lanzbom, Gilad. Photo: Melanie Einzig
On 29 October 2008, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme partnered with the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust - to sponsor a concert for Daniel Pearl Music Days, in memory of the murdered journalist Daniel Pearl. The concert featured Soulfarm and Moshav Band, who offered a unique blend of rock, reggae, folk and funk.
Daniel Pearl Music Days 2007 Edition- Idan Raichel, Songs for Peace: The Acoustic Series
David Marwell, Director of the Museum
of Jewish Heritage,
UN Under-Secretary-General Kiyo Akasaka,
artist Idan Raichel Photo: Melanie Einzig
Daniel Pearl Music Days 2006 Edition- Morley and Friends
welcoming remarks by Raymond Sommereyns, Director of the Outreach Division, the concert brought together the folk singer Morley with an array of international artists, including David Amram, Haale and Hassan Hakmoun, echoing a message of awareness, acceptance, unity and peace by joining voices in song and creative expression.
A Conversation with USG Francis Deng and John Prendergast
on Genocide Prevention
On 20 May 2011, United Nations Department of Public Information organized a public event "A conversation with USG Francis Deng and John Prendergast on Genocide Prevention" for students, educators and those interested in helping to stem violence around the world. After the discussion, Mr. Prendergast signed his newest book Unlikely Brothers, which was written with Michael Mattocks. Told in duet, the book tells the story of Michael growing up on the toughs streets of Washington D.C. and follows John's travels to war zones in Africa. Their friendship would continue for over twenty-five years and would have an extremely significant effect on their paths to redemption. Mr. Prendergast, who believes that this experience had a profound influence on his future path in life, is today a leading human rights activist and co-founder of Enough, a project to end genocide and crimes against humanity.
The most recent book by United Nations Under-Secretary-General Francis Deng, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, is also available in the UN Bookshop. His book titled Sudan at the Brink: Self-Determination and Nation Unity, offers an analysis of the situation in Southern Sudan, Africa, and addresses the complex dilemmas confronting Sudan and the international community over the critical choice regarding unity or secession before January 2011 referendum.
Stolen Youth: Five Women's Survival in the Holocaust
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 28 January 2009 UN Book Shop Event
Mrs. Frances Irwin presented and signed copies of her memoir included in the volume titled Stolen Youth: Five Women's Survival in the Holocaust at the UN Book Shop. Every January in observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, volumes from the Holocaust Survivors’ Memoirs Project are on display in the Public Lobby and for sale in the Book Shop. Mrs. Jeannie Rosensaft, one of the editors of the memoirs, discussed the Project, which was an initiative of Nobel Prize laureate and United Nations Messenger of Peace Elie Wiesel, and Menachem Rosensaft, Chairman of the Project's Editorial Board. Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, joined the Project in 2004, which has published eleven books with 17 survivors' memoirs to date. Local survivors, students and the general public were invited to attend the event, moderated by Juan Carlos Brandt, Chief, Advocacy and Special Events, Outreach Division, United Nations Department of Public Information.
On 29 April 2008, the Department of Public Information organized and participated in a booksigning for Robert Satloff’s Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust’s Long Reach into Arab Lands’. The book unveils stories of Arabs that rescued or assisted Jews in North Africa during World War II nazi occupation. These new stories of human kindness and respect encourage human solidarity and common humanity.
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, by Daniel Mendelsohn
On 29 January 2007, author Daniel Mendelsohn discussed and signed copies of his book, The Lost: A Search for Six of the Six Million, a non-fiction memoir in which the author tells his world-wide travels in search of details about the lives and fates of the members of his family during World War II, many of whom perished during the Holocaust.