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Overview of Holocaust Remembrance Exhibitions,
New York Headquarters

The Holocaust Programme helps to facilitate the organization of temporary exhibitions on Holocaust-related topics every year during the week of 27 January, which marks the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.


Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro opens the permanent exhibition on the Holocaust unveiled on the visitor's guided tour route in january 2008, produced by the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme

In January 2008, the Programme unveiled the permanent exhibit on “Holocaust and the United Nations" at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The exhibit, developed with the assistance of Holocaust scholars, presents an overview of the Holocaust in the context of World War II and the founding of the United Nations, and is seen by the 400,000 visitors who visit United Nations Headquarters annually.

 

2016

"Holocaust by Bullets"

The exhibition "Holocaust by Bullets" presents the results of hundreds of days of fieldwork that enabled Yahad-In Unum to collect evidence of massacres during the Second World War in order to return memory and dignity to Jewish victims. It also underscores the "Holocaust by Bullets" as a precursor and model for mass crimes today. The exhibit is organized by the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations.


Father Patrick Desbois speaks ay the opening of the exhibition. UN Photo

Press Release: Formal Opening Ceremony of Holocaust Exhibition to be Held at United Nations Headquarters, 25 January


"Life after Survival"

The exhibition shows how a little international group of UN volunteers - the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Team 182 - worked for the benefit of young Holocaust survivors in Kloster Indersdorf, where in 1945 they set up the first international children's center for unaccompanied children in the American zone of postwar Germany. They provided food, shelter, medical care and helped young people reconnect with their relatives or migrate to Israel.


Holocaust survivor Shmuel Reinstein speaks at the opening of the exhibition "Life after Survival".

The exhibition is organized by the Concentration Camp Memorial Site Flossenbürg in Germany.  It is endorsed by the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in cooperation with the non-governmental organizations Heimatverein Indersdorf and Lagergemeinschaft Dachau.

Press Release: Exhibition on Life after Survival of Holocaust to Open at United Nations Headquarters, 26 January


2015

"Forbidden Art"

The “Forbidden Art” exhibition presents the story of twenty works of arts made illegally and at great risk by prisoners of the German Nazi concentration camp. Each of the photographs shown in the exhibition is accompanied by an historical commentary and excerpts from archival accounts. The artwork is built around two themes. The first theme lays out the reality of life in the camp: scenes depicting the functioning of the camp and portraits of prisoners. The second theme focuses on the types of escape created by the camp prisoners: caricatures, albums containing greetings and fairy tales prisoners wrote for their children. Partners include The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, The Permanent Mission of Poland to the United Nations and The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools.

Press Release: Holocaust Exhibition to Open at United Nations Headquarters on 21 January

 

"Shoah - How Was It Humanly Possible?"

The exhibition, Yad Vashem’s first traveling exhibition recounting the comprehensive story of the Shoah, deals with major historical aspects of the Holocaust, beginning with Jewish life in pre-Holocaust Europe and ending with the 1945 liberation of Nazi concentration and death camps across the continent.

The exhibition opened at United Nations Headquarters on 26 January, marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau and the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Partners include Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority; the American Society for Yad Vashem; and the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations.


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the event. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

 

2014

“A Remembrance of the Holocaust in Hungary:
70th Anniversary Exhibition”

This exhibition presented a historical account of the Holocaust in Hungary in observance of the 70th anniversary of the deportation and extermination of the Hungarian Jews. Partners include: the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice; the Hungarian American Coalition; the Hungary Initiatives Foundation and the Carl Lutz Foundation. 


Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungrary to the United Nations, delivers remarks at the opening.
UN Photo/Evan Schneider

  • Speakers at the exhibit opening:

    Mr. Maximilian Teleki, President, Hungarian American Coalition

    Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

    H.E. Mr. Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations

    Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, President, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

    Dr. Tamás Fellegi, President, The Hungary Initiatives Foundation

    Prayer by Rabbi

"When You Listen to a Witness, You Become a Witness"

Produced by the March of the Living International, this exhibition documents the experiences of students while visiting the former Nazi concentration camps established in German-occupied Poland during the Second World War. Through photographs, personal stories and interactions with Holocaust survivors, viewers learn about the horrors of the Holocaust. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, opened the exhibition.


Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information,
speaks at the opening of the exhibit at UN Headquarters
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Press Release: Exhibition to Open at Headquarters on 28 January as Part of United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Activities.

2013

Press Release: Rescue during the Holocaust highlighted in two Exhibits held at UNHQ for International Holocaust Remembrance Day.


2012