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Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemorated in Yaounde, Cameroon

“I lived to see my father wake up sometimes screaming in the night out of trauma from atrocities and torture of the holocaust”.   H.E Ran Gidor; Ambassador of Israel to Cameroon and the Central African Republic,                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JmXuhFzZII&feature=youtu.be

The 2018 Holocaust Remembrance Day was commemorated in Cameroon on 26 January through an educational outreach event organized by UNIC Yaounde, on the theme: “Holocaust Remembrance and Education: Our Shared Responsibility”, with students of Lycee Bilingue de Nkol-Eton and English High School, Yaounde.

  1. Panel discussion on the theme

UNIC’s NIO; Jean Njita emphasized that youths are a privileged segment ,because they are the most exposed to discriminatory ideas on the internet and the social media. “Increasing students’ awareness of the power of technology and the use that can be made of it is another way of addressing contemporary problems of human rights violations… given the profound changes in technology in recent years…

His Excellency Ran Gidor; Ambassador of Israel to Cameroon and the Central African Republic, reiterated everyone’s commitment in advocating for peace, as he narrated the story of his father who experienced the war at the age of 10 and who till date still have scars of the Holocaust. He pointed out that genocide generally stems from hate, differentiation and racism either against religion, race, culture, looks, social status, and further encouraged youths to denounce such vices and called for tolerance.  He emphasized “I lived to see my father wake up sometimes screaming in the night out of trauma from atrocities and torture of the holocaust

2. Film screening the « Children of the Holocaust »,

Participants watched the UNSG’s video message for the 2018 observance, followed by the screening of the movie titled: “Children of the Holocaust”, a 51-minute British film which combines animation and interviews with the elderly survivors who recount their childhood experiences of Nazi atrocities, their escape from occupied mainland Europe to Britain and the impact that this had on their lives.

3. Poster Exhibition on the «Butterfly project: Remembering the Children of the Holocaust»

There was also the exhibition of set of 14 posters (in English and French) on the “Butterfly project: Remembering the Children of the Holocaust”. The exhibition outlines the impact of the Holocaust on children, and showcases an educational initiative called The Butterfly Project, to teach this history to young people, encourage them to remember the 1.5 million children who perished and to stand up against hatred and prejudice.

Educative Talk on 2017 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust in Yaounde

H.E Ran Gidor shares his family’s suffering and personal experiences on holocaust

For the 2017 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust, UNIC Yaounde organized an Educational talk and Poster Exhibition on “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda”, with students of Lycée de Tsinga and Lycée de la Cité Verte , both in Yaounde on 27 January 2017 on the theme “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”. Panelists were His Excellency Ran Gidor; Ambassador of Israel in Cameroon and Mrs Dorothée Onguene representing the UN Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.

Teaching and learning about the Holocaust can sensitize students to the position of minorities. An analysis of the mechanisms that led to the Holocaust can help them realize the importance of accepting and appreciating diversity rather than seeing it as a cause for discord. It is only through education that youths and students can learn to filter the information they consume through the social media such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, skype, Youtube, etc… where most messages of hate are propagated today.
The educational documentary film; “The Path to Nazi Genocide” was screened for a better understanding of the holocaust atrocities and the over 75 participants made a guided tour of a poster exhibition on “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda” in English and French.

UNIC Yaounde commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January 2017

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Yaounde is organizing an Educational Talk with students of some Secondary Schools in Yaounde on Friday 27 January 2017, to observe the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust.

This event will focus on the theme: “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”. This theme underscores the universal dimension of Holocaust education as an appropriate platform for building respect for human rights, increasing tolerance and defending our common humanity. The Holocaust was a defining point in history and its lessons have much to teach about the danger of extremism and the prevention of genocide today. The Holocaust was a defining point in history and its lessons have much to teach about the danger of extremism and the prevention of genocide today.

A panel discussion by the United Nations and Embasy of Israel, screening of an educational documentary «The Path to Nazi Genocide“,  « Le dernier vol de Petr Ginz » and an exhibition on “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda” will constitute highlights of the event, to hold at the UNIC Yaounde Conference Room.

The United Nations General Assembly, on 1st November 2005, adopted Resolution 60/7 designating 27th January as an Annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The date was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The purpose of the Holocaust Memorial Day is to remember and learn from the lessons of the past. The theme for Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2017 is “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”.

Approximately six million Jews who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators during the Second World War through a systematic and state-sponsored fashion.

The Holocaust commemoration is important today as it offers lessons of not only the atrocities committed during the First World War but also on the need for tolerance, co-existence, conflict prevention and the respect for human rights. As the world witnesses unprecedented killings of people resulting from armed conflict, students and youths can learn from these and say “never again”. There is need to guard against tribal differences and hate speech as they have the potential to cause conflict.

UNIC Yaounde intends to use this occasion to engage youth as future leaders, to learn to appreciate the need to defend our common humanity for a durable peace in the world.
For more information,

https://www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance/index.shtml

Educational Outreach Event on 2016 Holocaust Remembrance on 27 January 2016

UNIC's Jean Njita drills students on the 2016 themeUNIC Yaounde organized an Educational Outreach Event on “The Holocaust and Human Dignity”, bringing together students of Lycée Tsinga, Lycée Cité Verte, and Youth leaders. Guest Speaker was Mrs. Orli GIL, Minister Plenipotentiary; Chargeé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Israel in Cameroon.

UNIC’s KMA; Jean Njita stressed on abstention from discrimination, racism and religious intolerance, cautioning youths to filter information on social media, as most may be inspired to engage in uncontrollable vices.

Mrs Orli Gil presents the holocaust story to studentsMrs. Orli GIL emphasized on how the persecution and segregation of Jews by Nazi Germany caused large scale deaths, adding that remembering victims and honoring the survivors is a step towards rejecting hate speeches.

 

Student asking question on the holocaust During the question/answer session, students sought to have answers to the following:

  • Did Germany apologize to the Jews for these heinous crimes?
  • Are Jews free in Germany today?
  • Can a Jew get married to a German today?
  • Why did neighboring countries not stop Nazi Germany from carrying out this plan?
  • Why should Jews who suffered so much from such atrocities subject Palestinians to sufferings and refuse the creation of a Palestinian State?Student asking question on the holocaust

Mrs Gil provided answers to each of these questions, and even threw more light on other issues related to the theme, stating that the UN was created to stop such crimes, defend human rights and foster world peace and security.

Projecting “The Path to Nazi Genocide”The Path to Nazi Genocide” and the “Woman in Gold” were screened for a better understanding of holocaust and its consequences.

 

Projecting the “Woman in Gold”

  1. Mrs Orli GIL talks on the Holocaust at: https://youtu.be/fEVkdn9kRrY
  1. Mrs Orli GIL answers to questions at: https://youtu.be/p4tFEhZo64Q