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2015 holocaust remembrance events at united nations

Report by Judy Mintz, ICJW UN NY Coordinator

Annually the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme plans a series of observances  to recognize the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

This year is most significant marking the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII and the founding of the United Nations in 1945 as well as the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Outreach Programme by the General Assembly. This year's theme centered on "Liberty, Life and the Legacy of the Holocaust Survivors".

Events included:

The commemorative ceremony in the General Assembly Hall featured remarks from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Israel President H.E. Mr. Reuven Rivlin, the director of Yad Vashem, a Holocaust survivor and a Soviet Army veteran. Following tradition a musical program and memorial prayers were included.

Panel discussions entitled, "Why have we failed in preventing Genocides and How to Change That" and "The Holocaust, Homosexuals and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Today".

Exhibits-"Forbidden Art", "Shoah-How was it Humanly Possible", "Last Folio" and "Tenth Anniversary of the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme" and film screening of Eugenic Minds.

Unfortunately our usual extensive reporting of these events was curtailed due to weather issues as well as personal conflicts. Additional information about the week-long commemoration is available at:

www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance/2015/calendar