United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon resolved to work harder to help prevent genocide during his visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. on 28 February 2011. While there, he toured the Museum’s permanent exhibition on the Holocaust and met with reporters. At the Museum’s display on contemporary genocide, From Memory to Action, he made a written pledge to "write a new history for all mankind" by helping to ensure that future generations will not experience the horror of genocide. The Secretary-General also lit candles in the Museum’s Hall of Remembrance in memory of the six million Jews and other victims murdered by the Nazis during World War II.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tours the Tower of Faces (the Yaffa Eliach Shtetl Collection) at
the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., guided by Museum Chief of Staff Bill Parsons (photo credit © UN photo Eskinder Debebe)
In a statement following his visit to the Museum, UN Secretary-General Ban said: “Seventy years ago, six million people were brutally murdered at the instigation of a state… In other areas civilians are being killed as they stand for democracy. And we, nations united, stand with them… “Never again” is a clarion call to moral action. History’s most tragic chapters are written when we fail to heed that call. Let us not fall short... Together, let the world speak loud and clear -- through action”.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lights a candle in the Hall of Remembrance at
the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C. (photo credit © UN photo Eskinder Debebe)
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is a valued partner of the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, and has worked together with the UN's Programme on various Holocaust and genocide-related educational activities, including a week-long training seminar for United Nations Information Officers in Latin America in 2007, the interactive panel discussion titled "Saving Succeeding Generations” in 2008 and the exhibition "Deadly Medicine", which the Museum sponsored at United Nations New York Headquarters in observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust in 2009.
The UN's Holocaust Programme has initiated a Twitter Campaign asking students to send their ideas on how the UN can help prevent genocide.