23.01.2012 - UNESCOPRESS

Dr Samuel Pisar named UNESCO Honorary Ambassador, Special Envoy for Holocaust Education

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Samuel Pisar, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor and acclaimed international lawyer, author and human rights activist, will be designated a UNESCO Honorary Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Education. The ceremony will take place at UNESCO’s Headquarters on the International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust, Friday, 27 January at11 a.m. It will be hosted by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO.

Mr. Pisar was granted American citizenship by a special Act of Congress in 1961.  Apart from his professional activities at the American, French and British bars, he is a board member of various public interest organizations, a trustee of Washington’s Brookings Institution, honorary president of Yad Vashem France and a member of the board of directors of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah and of Israel’s Institute of Technology.

In his new role, Mr. Pisar will reflect on his commitment to the idea that “the Holocaust, attacked by incendiary demagogues as a ‘myth’, is an all too real warning for mankind of possible horrors yet to come.  For it has revealed, as have more recent genocides and ethnic cleansings, that humans are still capable of the worst as well as of the best, of hatred as well as of love, of madness as well as of genius, and that the unthinkable remains possible. Unless we espouse, through remembrance and education, the core universal values embedded in all great creeds - spiritual and secular - the forces of darkness may return with a vengeance to haunt us again.”

“Kaddish”, an oratorio written and narrated by Samuel Pisar, to Leonard Bernstein’s 3rd Symphony, will be screened during the event. Immediately afterwards, Mr. Pisar will accompany the Director-General to the Shoah Memorial, where they will lay a wreath in remembrance of victims of the Nazi genocide.

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            Journalists wishing to attend the ceremony require accreditation


                                                      Contact:


            Isabelle Le Fournis, i.le-fournis(at)unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48 or

                  Djibril Kébé, d.kebe(at)unesco.org +33 (0)1 45  68 17 41

                    See also: Education for Holocaust Remembrance




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