UNESCO mobilizes to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day



Release Date

Friday, January 19, 2018


Paris, 19 January— On the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorated each year on 27 January, UNESCO is mobilizing to honor and reaffirm its commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism, racism and any other form of intolerance.

From 22 to 25 January, UNESCO, in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial, is organizing a series of events to commemorate the day whose theme this year is Holocaust Remembrance and Education: Our Shared Responsibility.

- 22 January (8 pm, Room I): Screening of the film The Four Sisters: The Hippocratic Oath - Ruth Elias, in presence of the director, Claude Lanzmann and the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay. This is the first part of a tetralogy to be broadcast soon on French- German TV, ARTE.

- January 25 (3:30 pm, Room IV): Round table on " Holocaust Remembrance and Education: Our Shared Responsibility",with:

• Serge Klarsfeld, lawyer, historian, UNESCO Special Envoy for Education about the Holocaust and the Prevention of Genocide;
• Henry Rousso, historian, Research-Director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS);
• Floriane Hohenberg, Director of the International Tracing Service (Germany).

- 25 January (5:30 pm, UNESCO (outdoor wall)): Opening in the presence of the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, of the exhibition #StolenMemory on the work of restitution of the personal belongings of the detainees of the concentration camps, carried out by the International Tracing Service of Bad Arolsen.

- 25 January 18h30 (Room I): Ceremony dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust in the presence of the President of the Shoah Memorial, Eric de Rothschild and the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay.

• Testimony of Yvette Lévy, survivor of the Auschwitz camp.
• Concert by the Austrian duo Ariela, who will perform pieces composed by survivors and victims of the Shoah.

- January 26: First official visit of the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay to the Shoah Memorial.

- From January 22 to February 3 (Miró Room): exhibition on the Pogrom of the Night of Crystal, presented by the Shoah Memorial.

Note: The United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/7 established International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005.

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