United Nations and Holocaust Outreach Education
The Holocaust was a turning point in history, which prompted the world to say "never again". The significance of resolution A/RES/60/7 is that it calls for a remembrance of past crimes with an eye towards preventing them in the future.
The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme seeks to remind the world of the lessons to be learnt from the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide.
The Outreach Programme was created at the request of the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 60/7, adopted on 1 November 2005. The United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI) has taken the lead in creating a broad initiative, designed to encourage the development by United Nations Member States of educational curricula on the subject of the Holocaust, and to mobilize civil society for education and awareness.
The "Holocaust Remembrance" resolution also designates 27 January as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust – observed with ceremonies and activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and at UN offices around the world.
UNIC Port of Spain launched its first activity in 2007 with small event at the Centre with a small exhibit and ceremony. The next year the exhibit grew to include displays and a kit with replicas of memorabilia from a survivor. That same year Hans Stecher, who was a survivor that fled to Trinidad and Tobago from Austria, attended and told his story to the audience.
photo: UNIC's first observance at the Centre in Port of Spain. credit: UNIC Port of Spain/W Ramnarine
At every event since then Hans would attend observances of the International Day and tell his story of discrimination by his peers at school, arrest and narrow escapes of his relatives and how he and his relatives eventually arrived in Trinidad and Tobago with the help of an uncle who lived in Venezuela.
Hans established a local jewelry store that grew into a successful business today and was active member of the "Calypso sheti" a local name that the Jews in Trinidad called themselves. He died in 2014.
photo: UNIC travelling exhibit in Rio Claro, Trinidad. credit: UNIC Port of Spain/W Ramnarine
UNIC travelling exhibit on the Holocaust has been to south and central Trinidad, Tobago and Surinam as part of joint activities with non-governmental organisations who partner with the Centre including UN Depository Libraries.
Video : UN Secretary General's message 2018
“If we hide the past, we will never be able to overcome it.”
United Nations Secretary-General
Saturday 26 January - Presentation to students.
Venue: University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Engineering Block
Activity : Student Lecture.
UNIC engaged youth in an interactive dialogue based on the theme for 2019 "Dare to Stand Up for Human Rights". The students from 50 different schools across Trinidad and Tobago, discussed the value and importance of standing up for human rights and reflected on the history of the Holocaust and the courage of those who dared to write about their experiences.
29 January - Butterfly Project with students
Students from the Bishop Anstey High School (St Hilary's) will attend a screening of film - " Who will write our History" followed by a dialogue on the importance of standing up for and demanding your human rights. Then they will be encouraged to create their own butterflies for display.
Venue: UNIC Conference Room, Port of Spain at 1:00 pm
Activity : private event for invited students.
30 - 31 January - Exhibit at UNDL
UNIC travelling exhibit on Propaganda and Remembering the Children of the Holocaust will be hosted for two days with the support of the UN Depository Library (UNDL).
Venue: University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Alma Jordan Library, ground floor
Activity : Exhibit open to the public.
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Photos from 2018 activities
Remembering the Children of the Holocaust
Remembering the Children of the Holocaust was the theme for 2018. UNIC hosted film screenings for young people and encouraged them to participate in the Butterfly Project, which included looking at animated stories from survivors who were children in Nazi controlled Europe at the time.
UNIC also hosed exhibits at the Central Bank and Chamber of Business and Commerce offices where special events were being hosted for the premier of a film highlighting the story of a Trinidad local who is the daughter of a survivor who fled to the island during the Holocaust.
In June the LGBTIQ community together with the UNIC hosted a screener of a film that focused on the fate of homosexuals during the time of the Holocaust. "Paragraph 48" is a documentary that highlights how the State used legislation to persecute them.