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New York, 28 January 2019

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We are here together to remember the victims of the Holocaust – the six million Jews and many others murdered during a period of unprecedented, calculated cruelty, when human dignity was cast aside for a racial ideology.

I extend a special welcome to the Holocaust survivors with us today, especially Mr. Marian Turski and Ms. Inge Auerbacher, who will share their testimony.

This International Day marks the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp 74 years ago yesterday. I also pay tribute to the veterans here today for their role in bringing the war and Holocaust to an end.

Yesterday was, by the way, also the 75th anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad.  That prolonged the blockade — 872 days of siege, starvation and suffering – that was a horror within the horror. Continue reading

Dawid Bezuidenhoudt students learn more about the Holocaust

IMG_1125The UNIC team held a presentation at Dawid Bezuidenhoudt High School in Khomasdal, Windhoek. A band of interested history students piled in, and with the dimming of lights the presentation started with a short video “I am 70” by Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, who spoke about growing up in war-torn Korea, his role as Secretary-General, and his hope for the future. The video helped students understand the context of the outreach programme on the holocaust.

After the video, the movie “The Path to Nazi Genocide” and a video about a Holocaust survivor –Tom Hoffman were screened.

dawid 3After the screenings, there was a question and answer session. The students were also invited to write messages to the world, the Holocaust survivors, and the families of the victims on a board. Some messages became paragraphs of condolence and love as the students had been moved by the presentation.

To remind students about the event and the dark history, the team distributed bookmarks and flyers as souvenirs.

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Immanuel Shifidi students learn more about the Holocaust programme

IMG_6738The Holocaust was the brutal extermination of the European Jewry designed by top Nazi members as the Final Solution to the Jewish Question. Each year on the 27th of January observances are held worldwide as a remembrance of the lives lost during this dark period. On 18 February 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek started its series of educational outreach sessions focused on the Holocaust at schools in and around Windhoek. This programme will be offered to schools and educational institutions throughout the year.

The UNIC Team visited Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School, situated in the local township, Katutura, Windhoek. The team delivered a PowerPoint presentation outlining the sequence of events. It started by explaining what the Holocaust was and why commemorations take place.  Continue reading

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust


Secretary-General’s Message for 2016

During the Second World War, six million Jews were systematically rounded up and exterminated.  The Nazis also murdered Sinti and Roma, political prisoners, homosexuals, persons with disabilities, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Soviet prisoners of war.

The Holocaust was a colossal crime.  No-one can deny the evidence that it happened.  By remembering the victims and honouring the courage of the survivors and those who assisted and liberated them, we annually renew our resolve to prevent such atrocities and reject the hateful mentality that allows them.

From the shadow of the Holocaust and the cruelties of the Second World War, the United Nations was established to reaffirm faith in the dignity and worth of every person and to uphold the rights of all to live in equality and free from discrimination. Continue reading