International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2016

By | 22 January 2016

UN in South Activities

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an global memorial day on 27 January commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 1 million Roma, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on 1 November 2005 during the 42nd plenary session.

Holocaust222The event is commemorated by the UN annually. This year, a number of activities in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town are planned to mark the day.

Sunday January 24

Documentary to be aired by SABC2 at 09:00

Number A26188 Hernia Bryer” The Story of a Survivor

PRETORIA , January 27
Venue: Hoërskool Voortrekkerhoogte
Time: 11:30 – 14:00
Workshop for school children by the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre
Professor Dina Porat, Yad Vashem, Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University

Venue: Ditsong National Museum of Military History
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Keynote address by Professor Dina Porat.

Tuesday, January 26
Venue: Durban Holocaust Centre, 44 K E Masinga Road
Time: 7:30 pm
Keynote address by Professor Dina Porat.

UN Headquarters, January 27
Venue: General Assembly Hall
Time: 11:00 – 13:00

The event will be hosted by Ms. Cristina Gallach, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. Invited speakers include United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; H. E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the seventieth session of the General Assembly; H.E. Mr. Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations; H.E. Ms. Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations other senior UN officials.

Thursday, January 28
Official opening of the refurbished Cape Town Holocaust Centre
Venue: 88 Hartfield Street Gardens
Time: 18:00- 21:00
Keynote address by Professor Dina Porat