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2014 Calendar of Holocaust Remembrance Events

The 2014 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is centred around the theme “Journeys through the Holocaust”. This theme recalls the various journeys taken during this dark period, from deportation to incarceration to freedom, and how this experience transformed the lives of those who endured it. These are stories of pain and suffering, yet ultimately also of triumph and renewal, serving as a guiding force for future generations.


New Educational Package

The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme has partnered with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to make a new film resource and educational package available to educators around the world in all United Nations official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. 

The film, The Path to Nazi Genocide, was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and subtitled by the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme. Together with an article and timeline on the Holocaust, the DVD will be distributed to the global network of United Nations Information Centres and teachers to assist them in introducing the Holocaust to students.

Using rare footage, the film examines the Nazis’ rise and consolidation of power in Germany and explores their ideology, propaganda, and persecution of Jews and other victims. It also outlines the path by which the Nazis and their collaborators led a state to war and to the murder of millions of people. By providing a concise overview of the Holocaust and those involved, this resource is intended to provoke reflection and discussion about the role of ordinary people, institutions and nations between 1918 and 1945.

To stream the DVD in the classroom in English and obtain additional educational resources, please visit www.ushmm.org. Educators may request a copy of the DVD with subtitles by writing to holocaustremembrance@un.org.

The film is intended for adult viewers, but selected segments may by appropriate for younger audience.

This film was made possible by generous support from Dr. Donald and Sue Hecht, the Bernice and Milton Stern Foundation, the Louis and Henrietta Blaustein Foundation and the May Family Endowment for Civic Responsibility.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

  • United Nations Department of Public Information NGO Briefing -
    “The 70th Anniversary of the Deportation of the Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust”

    Venue: Conference Room 2, Conference Building
    Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Contact: undpingo@un.org

    In this briefing, the participants learnt how the German Security Police worked with Hungarian authorities to systematically deport Jews from Hungary in May of 1944. In less than two months, almost 440,000 Jews were deported. Most were sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau, German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945), but some were sent to the Hungarian border with Austria where they were forced to build fortification trenches. Speakers included Dr. Carol Rittner RSM, Distinguished Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; Mrs. Agnes Vertes, a Hungarian Holocaust Survivor; and H.E. Mr. Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations. Dr. Rittner provided the historical background, Mrs. Vertes shared her personal story of survival and Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi provided information on how Hungary is commemorating this important anniversary.

    Please visit the website of Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority, for details on "The Auschwitz Album" , a unique photographic record of the arrival of mostly Hungarian Jews at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945).

    The briefing is open to all. Non-United Nations Grounds Pass holders must register at undpingo@un.org.

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

    Venue: 1st Floor, Conference Building (registration required to attend opening)
    Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Contact: eszter@hacusa.org

    This exhibition presents 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. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, delivered remarks.

Monday, 27 January 2014

  • Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

    Venue: Temporary General Assembly Hall (North Lawn Building, UN HQ)
    Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Gates open at 9:45 a.m.
    Contact: Holocaustremembrance@un.org

    Hosted by the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, this solemn ceremony was centred around the theme “Journeys through the Holocaust” and featured a message from the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and remarks by H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, President of the 68th Session of the General Assembly; H.E. Mr. Ron Prosor, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations; H. E. Ms. Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations and Holocaust survivor Rena Finder. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg delivered the keynote address. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, which was founded by Mr. Spielberg following the filming of Schindler’s list. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is a long-standing partner of the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme. Cantor Shmuel Barzilai of Vienna recited the memorial prayers between musical interludes by the 92nd Street Y's Woodwind Quintet.

  • Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited on 18 November 2013 the Auschwitz-Birkenau, German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945). Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider
  • Panel Discussion "The Rescue of Jews in Albania"

    B'nai B'rith International
    Permanent Mission of Albania to the United Nations

    Venue: Conference Room 3 (Conference Building)
    Time: 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
    Contact: rsvpun@bnaibrith.org or 212-557-0019

    In extraordinary contrast with much of the rest of Europe, Albania -- a Muslim-majority nation occupied by Nazi Germany in 1943 and 1944 -- proved a place of refuge for virtually its entire Jewish population and others who sought haven there. In all, some 2,000 Jews were rescued from the Nazi genocide in this small country. This program explored the circumstances and values that led Albanians to bravely save the lives of the innocent during the Holocaust.

    Photo: Lime Balla, photographer Norman Gershman. From the exhibition "Besa: A Code of Honor. Muslim Albanians who Rescued Jews during the Holocaust".

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

  • Exhibit Opening “When You Listen to a Witness, You Become a Witness”

    Venue: Dag Hammarskjöld Library, First Basement (by invitation only)
    Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Contact: elir@bell.net

    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 will learn about the horrors of the Holocaust. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, opened the exhibition.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

  • Film Screening "Blinky & Me"

    Venue: Conference Room 2, Conference Building
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Contact: Holocaustremembrance@un.org

    This documentary film tells the life story of Yoram Gross, a Holocaust survivor and iconic Australian animator. Through discussions with his five grandchildren, Gross recounts his family’s experience in hiding and narrow escapes from the Nazis in Poland. The film follows the artist through his childhood there, to Israel and finally Australia where he settled with his wife to raise a family. His early work as an animator eventually led to the creation of the animated popular television series “The Adventures of Blinky Bill”, adapted from the children’s books by Dorothy Wall. In Mr. Gross’ animated series, many of Blinky’s encounters are based on Yoram’s own childhood experiences while running from the Nazis. This heart-warming film leads viewers to reflect on the human tragedy of the Holocaust, and the unrealized potential of those that were lost. H.E. Ms. Philippa Jane King, Deputy Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations, and Under-Secretary-General Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal opened the film. A discussion with filmmaker Tomasz Magierski and Yoram Gross followed the screening.

    "Blinky & Me" official website.