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Holocaust outreach education 2019

UNIC commemorated the Internationald Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (27 January) with an interactive to Model UN Students on the theme of " Dare to stand up for human rights" at one of their training sessions in St. Augustine, Trinidad. Studens were encouraged to express their opinions about the lessons learned from the history of the Holocaust and what they feel is important about demanding their human rights.

On 29 January the students from a secondary school in Port of Spain visit the UNIC to view the film titled- "Who will write our history". The film douments efforts by an underground movement of Jews to document their own experiences to counter the growing spread of Nazi propaganda. The students were also introduced to the Butterfly Project. Those who felt moved enough to create their own, took materials back with them and have are to return the completed projects to the Centre for display.

30 January to 3 February - UNIC in partnership with the UN Depository Library at the Alma Jordan Library on the University of the West Indies Campus hosted an exhibit on the Holocaust on the ground floor of thte main.  Staff and students from the university came to visit the exhibit and enage in dialogue with UNIC about human rights, UN and the Holocaust.

 

 images from the activites for 2019

 

 


 

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‘Humiliation was the worst’; Holocaust survivor at UN, asks world to act with ‘empathy and compassion’

More than seven decades ago in Auschwitz, Jewish teenager Marian Turski felt he “had no name, he had nothing, but a number” tattooed on his body. Speaking on Monday, at the annual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the 92-year-old called on the world to express renewed “empathy and compassion”.

Sharing his extraordinary story, he said that the worst part of surviving the Nazi death camps was not the extreme hunger, the coldness or the deteriorating living conditions, but “the humiliation, just because you were Jewish, you were treated not like a human being, you were treated like a louse, a bed bug, like a cockroach”, he told those who had gathered to commemorate.

Mentioning conflicts going on now in Ukraine, Sudan and Yemen, Mr. Turski said that when it came to giving advice today, “the most important words are: empathy and compassion”. He highlighted the importance of “protecting our children” from all catastrophes.

Inge Auerbacher shares her account as a child survivor of Teresienstadt, during the annual United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony.His story followed testimony from Inge Auerbacher, who was liberated from a different camp, on the same day as Mr. Turski. She described how in the concentration camps “life was especially hard for children, for whom the most important words in their vocabulary were potatoes, bread and soup.”

Inge was born in Germany and spent three years between seven and 10 years of age in the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where only around one per cent of its 15,000 children, survived.

Lamenting the rising wave of anti-Semitism today, Ms. Auerbacher pleaded for everyone across the world to “make good choices”.

“My hope, wish, and prayer, is for every child to live in peace without hunger and prejudice. The antidote to hatred is education, no more genocides, no more anti-Semitism”, she added.

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Message on International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Dear friends,

Today we honour the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust – and the many other victims of unprecedented, calculated cruelty and horror.

This year’s observance falls amid an alarming increase in anti-Semitism.

From a deadly assault on a synagogue in the United States to the desecration of Jewish cemeteries in Europe, this centuries-old hatred is not only still strong – it is getting worse.

We see the proliferation of neo-Nazi groups, and attempts to rewrite history and distort the facts of the Holocaust.

We see bigotry moving at lightning speed across the Internet.

As the Second World War recedes in time, and the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles, it falls to us to be ever vigilant.

And as the former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Jonathan Sacks, so memorably said: “The hate that begins with Jews never ends with Jews”.

Indeed, we see intolerance entering mainstream politics -- targeting minorities, Muslims, migrants and refugees, and exploiting the anger and anxiety of a changing world.

Now more than ever, let us unite in the fight for universal values and build a world of equality for all.

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On Kristallnacht anniversary, UN chief urges renewed fight against 'crime' of anti-Semitism

Political leaders have not yet taken up their responsibility to speak out loudly against neo-Nazism, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday, warning that anti-Semitism is on the rise.

Meeting Norbert Strauss on the 80th anniversary of the Nazi Kristallnacht attack on Germany's Jews, the Secretary-General said that testimony from Holocaust survivors needed to be heard anew, and fully understood as an ever-present reminder of what can happen if societies let down their guard. 

“Anti-Semitism is back and it needs to be fought as the crime it is,” Mr. Guterres said. He called on leaders and Governments to “clearly denounce and make evident the real risk of anti-Semitism in our societies today.”

In an intimate meeting in his office at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Guterres listened as Mr. Strauss recounted what it was like as an 11-year-old, to witness attacks and desecration of Jewish sites and monuments in Germany, and ultimately to flee the country.

Today’s meeting took place on the anniversary of Kristallnacht or “Night of Broken Glass".

The name Kristallnacht comes from the shards of broken glass found on streets after windows of Jewish-owned buildings and synagogues were smashed during that night of violence in 1938.

Mr. Guterres said that he was particularly touched by the imagery, since crystals had  been symbols of beauty,  horribly transformed since then, now coming to symbolize “the end of the age of denial about the Holocaust.”

Mr. Strauss was among a group meeting the UN chief, including members of non-profit organizations advocating for the Jewish community. They gifted Mr. Guterres books related to the Holocaust.  “Only the truth can allow humanity to progress,” Mr. Guterres said, encouraging young people to continue to learn about history. “If we hide the past, we will never be able to overcome it.”

The visit comes just days after an anti-Semitic gunman went on the rampage in the US city of Pittsburgh, killing 11 Jewish worshippers in a mostly-Jewish suburb, while they attended Shabat services at the Tree of Life Synagogue. The UN chief condemned the "horrendous act" noting that anti-Semitism is the "oldest and more permanent kind of hatred" to have endured "in the history of humankind". 

Also on Friday, the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) held an educators’ workshop titledPractical Tools for Celebrating Diversity and Antidiscrimination, in observance of  the Kristallnacht Pogrom and the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event featured Facing History & Ourselves and a new online resource for teachers called Stories That Move – a  toolbox for antidiscrimination.

 

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2017 Holocaust Education Outreach activities launched at Model UN training in Chaguanas

 

31 January 2017 - UNIC launched its 2017 Holocaust education outreach activites at one of the training sessions for Model United Nations Students on Saturday 28 January 2017. The film titled " A path to Nazi Genocide"  was screened to one more than  hundred students from more than 50 different secondary schools across the country. The UNIC also featured it's latest addition to the Centre's travelling exhibit - " State of Deception" . A visual journey that examines how the Nazi used images and the latest communication technonogies at their time to spread false information about Jews and other undesirables, with the aim of winning civil society over in their ambition to create a euphamistic 'aryan' led world.

The activity was made possible by the Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain in collaboration with  College of Sceince, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago ( COSTAATT), at the College's newly opened purpose built campus in Central Trinidad. President of the Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain - Lara Quentrall Thomas added her personal story of her families' contribution to the freedom of the victims of the Holocaust - Both her grandfathers served in military service supporting the allied forces, sadly she recalled only one returned home.

The people of the Caribbean also volunteered to fight alongside the allied forces to bring an end to the far reaching conquest of the Nazi.

UNIC has been hosting events and conducting outreach activites on the Holocaust since 2007 as part of a global programme that was created by the United Nations Department of Public Information at the request of the UN General Assembly ( Resolution 60/7).

International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust is observed every year on 27 January. [ more information ]

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2017 Holocaust Education Outreach activities to be launched at Model UN training, COSTAATT - Chaguanas

UNIC will launch its 2017 Holocaust education outreach activites at one of the training sessions for Model United Nations Students on Saturday 28 January 2017. The event will include the screening of the film titled " A path to Nazi Genocide" and will also feature the latest addition to the Centre's travelling exhibit - " State of Deception" . A visual journey that examines how the Nazi used images and the latest communication technonogies at their time to spread false information about Jews and other undesirables, with the aim of winning civil society over in their ambition to create a euphamistic 'aryan' led world.

The activity targets about one hundred and ten school students who are participants in MUN 2017 that is being organised by the Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain in collaboration with sponsors like  the College of Sceince, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago and others. The event will be hosted by the COSTAATT at its recently completed purpose build campus in Chaguanas, Trinidad. 

UNIC has been hosting events and conducting outreach activites on the Holocaust since 2007 as part of a global programme that was created by the United Nations Department of Public Information at the request of the UN General Assembly ( Resolution 60/7).

International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust is observed every year on 27 January. [ more information ]

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UNDL Suriname launches Holocaust exhibit

27 January 2015 - the United Nations Depositary Library in the Univeristy of Suriname in Paramaribo today lauched its exhibit in observance of the International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.  The Director of the Library who is also the President of ACURIL 2014 -2015  and her staff put together a the exhibit and hosted a ceremony on the Day proper, the exhibit includes personal stories, videos and books that give a background of the Holocaust and the events sorrounding Europe at the time of the Nazi invasion of Europe. In 2014 this Depositary Library agreed to support the United Nations Department of Public Information's outreach by hosting a small permanent collection of Holocaust education materials that can be accessed by the public.  Pleaes contact the staff for more information. 

P.O. Box 9212
Leysweg 86
Paramaribo
Suriname
Tel. 597-464547
Fax: 597-434211

For more information on the United Nations outreach education programme on the Holocaust visit the official webpage.

 

Univerisity of Suriname Photobook for Holocaust Remembrance 2015

 

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Genocide occurs when ‘warning signs’ ignored, action not taken – UN deputy chief

21 January 2015 – During a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp today, United Nations Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson called for reflection on how better to prevent horrific crimes witnessed during the Holocaust and other genocides.

“It is important that we examine why we continue to fail to prevent mass atrocities, despite lessons learned, despite knowledge of causes and drivers and despite our assurances of ‘never again,’” he said. “Genocide can only happen when we ignore the warning signs – and are unwilling to take action.”

The event, held at UN Headquarters in New York and organized by the Permanent Mission of Poland to the UN and chaired by Boguslaw Winid, preceded the annual International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust.

The permanent representatives to the UN of the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Rwanda, Israel and Germany were among those who spoke, with the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Genocide, Adama Dieng, Philippe Bolopion of Human Rights Watch and Robert Kostro, who is Director of the Museum of Polish History.

Mr. Eliasson said the event offered a chance to consider what must be done differently to protect people and build societies ‘where tolerance trumps hatred,’ and stressed that excuses for turning a blind eye were disappearing, with pervasive instant communication and deepening international connections, as well as the knowledge that genocide results from creeping processes unfolding over time and of conditions that allow them to thrive.

“Our challenge is to stop these processes and their enabling conditions at an early stage,” Mr. Eliasson said, adding that armed conflicts often create environments right for mass atrocities but stressing that genocide also resulted from divisions fostered in peace time.

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