26.01.2012 - ODG

Samuel Pisar designated Special Envoy for Holocaust Education

On the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (27 January), UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova designated the writer, lawyer and holocaust survivor, Samuel Pisar, as Honorary Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Education.

This designation is part of UNESCO's ongoing efforts to promote Holocaust awareness and fight against all forms of Holocaust denial. It also recognizes the tremendous work that Samuel Pisar has accomplished in this area throughout his life.

After the designation ceremony, Samuel Pisar and Irina Bokova visited the Shoah Memorial in Paris, UNESCO's partner-organization in Holocaust-related activities, to lay wreaths in memory of the Holocaust victims.

The President of UNESCO’s General Conference, Ambassador Katalyn Bogyay of Hungary accompanied the visit together with representatives of UNESCO Member States from the 5 regional groups.

Samuel Pisar's first action as Special Envoy for Holocaust Education was to speak at the UNESCO symposium entitled "International Dimensions of Holocaust Education", held on 31 January, to explore the relevance of Holocaust education in a globalized world.

"The Holocaust has shaken the foundations of humanity forever. As the last survivors pass away, a struggle has begun to preserve traces of past Jewish life and the memory of the persecutions and massacres. On this day, UNESCO reaffirms its determination to combat all forms of Holocaust denial. Education is a key front in this struggle and also UNESCO's unique contribution, through our work for youth, training of teachers and curriculum design. This task, to which I am personally committed, lies at the heart of the resolution on Holocaust remembrance adopted by the Organization in 2007," said Irina Bokova in her message on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.




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