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The Department of Public Information invites you
to a roundtable discussion titled

Holocaust Remembrance and Public Memorials:
the Complexities and Challenges of Facing the Past

Wednesday, 2 November 2016
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters

(left to right): Professor James E. Young, Dr. Igor Shchupak, Dr. Eyal Kaminka; H.E. Mr. Volodymyr Yelchenko;
USG Cristina Gallach; H.E. Mr. Mordehai Amihai Bivas;
Mr. Michael Abramowitz; Ms. Kimberly Mann; Mr. Carlos Reiss;
Ms. Tali Nates; Ms. Fumiko Ishioka. UN Photo/ Evan Schneider

In observance of the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar Massacre, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Ukraine and Israel, has organized a panel discussion “Holocaust Remembrance and Public Memorials - the Complexities and Challenges of Facing the Past”. More than 33,000 Jewish men, women and children were murdered at Babi Yar, near Kiev, on 29 and 30 September 1941. This massacre is one of the largest mass killings at an individual location during the Second World War. It is estimated that some 100,000 people, including Jews, Roma, Communists and Soviet Prisoners, were murdered at Babi Yar between 1941 and 1945.

Holocaust experts and scholars from Brazil, Japan, Israel, United States, Ukraine and South Africa discussed the relationship between Holocaust remembrance, public memory, and education in their countries. They have also highlighted their education programmes for youth.




Welcome remarks:

Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach
(Welcoming remarks)

H.E. Mr. Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations

H.E. Mr. Mordehai Amihai Bivas, Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations
(Welcoming remarks)


Professor James E. Young, Distinguished University Professor of English and Judaic Studies, University of Massachusetts; Founding Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies, United States

Dr. Igor Shchupak, Director, “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies, Ukraine

Dr. Eyal Kaminka, Lily Safra Chair of Holocaust Education, Director, International School for Holocaust Studies, Israel

Mr. Michael Abramowitz, Director, Levine Institute for Holocaust Education, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, United States

Mr. Carlos Reiss, Director, Holocaust Museum in Curitiba, Brazil

Ms. Tali Nates, Director, Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre, South Africa

Ms. Fumiko Ishioka, Director, Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center, Japan

The event was moderated by Ms. Kimberly Mann, Chief, Education Outreach Section, Outreach Division, United Nations Department of Public Information.