06.01.2011 - UNESCOPRESS

UNESCO commemorates the victims of the Holocaust

© UNESCO/M. Semeniako - Auschwitz.

On the eve of the 66th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps (27 January 1945), UNESCO is organizing a commemoration ceremony in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, in cooperation with the Permanent Delegation of Israel to UNESCO and the Shoah Memorial (Room I on 26 January at 7.30 p.m.).

This ceremony will be marked by the personal account of Shlomo Venezia, an Italian writer and survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, in which he was assigned to the “Sonderkommando”. There will also be a reading of a text by Hélène Berr, a student at La Sorbonne who kept a diary every day from April 1942 to February 1944, before she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz with her family.

Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, Gideon Sa’ar, the Israeli Minister of Education, Luc Chatel, the French Minister of Education, Eric de Rothschild, the President of the Shoah Memorial and Nimrod Barkan, the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Israel to UNESCO will address the ceremony. The personal accounts and speeches will be interspersed with musical interludes, with the Jewish Chorale of France (under the direction of Hector Sabo), the French Army Choir and the participation of Cantor Rabbi Raphael Cohen.

Until 1 February, visitors will be able to see two exhibitions. One of them is dedicated to Hélène Berr. The original manuscript of her Diary, published in 2008, will be presented, as well as many family archives. The other exhibition, entitled “The Shoah in Europe”, shows the different stages of the persecution of the Jews, from the rise of Nazism to the Nuremberg trials, and also covers political and individual reactions to Nazism.

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Invitation on request: 01 45 68 05 15 – evenements2@unesco.org

Accreditation: Isabelle Le Fournis – i.le-fournis(at)unesco.org




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