UNESCO message welcomed

January 24, 2016 by David Zwartz
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The UNESCO director-general’s message to the world for United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day is powerful and timely according to New Zealand Holocaust Centre director Inge Woolf.

Inge Woolf

Inge Woolf

Headed “Antisemitic propaganda and the Holocaust: from words to genocide,” IrinaBokova’s words challenge us all to commemorate the Holocaust victims regardless of our origin or religion; to answer hate speech and propaganda with intelligence and reason; to stand against racism and antisemitism; and to use the media and education programmes to spread knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust.

“Mrs Bokova’s powerful message is a spur to all Kiwis to see through propaganda and the falsification of history, because we know they lead to hatred and violence,” Mrs Woolf added.

“As Mrs Bokova stated, the Nazi genocide of European Jews confronts us with the most extreme perversion – the negation of humanity in the human being. That must not be allowed to happen again.

The New Zealand Holocaust Centre is dedicated to educating New Zealand society, through Holocaust history and remembrance, that we need to oppose prejudice in all its forms, and guard against attempts to make any group a target, as happened to the Jews in Nazi Germany.

Although studying genocide confronts us with the worst of humanity, as Mrs Bokova says, it also inspires and empowers individuals to stand against prejudice and apathy.

The deaths of 1.5 million Jewish children has inspired Wellington children to collect 1.5 million buttons which we plan will be the genesis of a national Holocaust Children’s Memorial – for the children, by children.

We want New Zealand children to respect the diversity in our society, and see the dangers inherent in bullying; and also the dangers of being bystanders to the bad actions of others.

We invite all Wellington children to join us on UN Holocaust Remembrance Day, Wednesday 27 January at 2pm at the Holocaust Memorial, Makara Cemetery, to lay buttons to remember the children who died so tragically,” Mrs Woolf concluded.

Comments

2 Responses to “UNESCO message welcomed”
  1. Ron Jontof-Hutter says:

    UNESCO promotes antisemitism by denying World Heritage status to ancient Jewish places such as the Kotel. Ms Woolf also minimises the Holocaust uniqueness by comparing it to discrimination and bullying.One size fits all!

  2. Lynne Newington says:

    Poor Inge, the welcomed news of UNESCO’s message in one hand and the Human Rights Watch calling businesses to cease activity in Israeli settlements in order to comply with their human rights responsibilities towards Palestine ……..

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