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Auschwitz survivor Paul Sobol shows a picture of the woman he married after the war ended.

The United Nations in Geneva will mark the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust with a programme of activities built around the theme of this year's commemoration, Facing the Aftermath: Recovery and Reconstitution after the Holocaust. 

From 25-31 January 2021
Online and at Beth Yaacov Great Synagogue, Place de la Synagogue 11, Geneva

"Keeping the Memory Alive - Dimensions in Testimony" - This innovative video project keeps the memory of Holocaust survivors alive by featuring their interactive biographies on the exterior walls of the Beth Yaacov Great Synagogue of Geneva. Online users can interact live with Holocaust survivors, both in English and German, asking them personal questions and get real-time responses from pre-recorded video interviews, using the USC Shoah Foundation’s ‘Dimensions in Testimony’ technology - https://dimensionsintestimony.org/remembrance/

Organized jointly by the European Union Delegation and the Permanent Mission of Israel in Geneva, together with the United Nations in Geneva, the Communauté Israélite de Genève, and the World Jewish Congress, in cooperation with the USC Shoah Foundation. View the interactive biographies daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. or engage online until 8 February.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, at 1 p.m. - Online event

Ciné-ONU virtual screening of The Albanian Code, a documentary feature with unique archival footage, unveiling the unknown story of the rescue of thousands of Jews in the Second World War, followed by a panel discussion …. Organized jointly by the United Nations Information Service Geneva, the United Nations Information Service Vienna, and the United Nations Regional Information Center Brussels. Registration:

Wednesday, 27 January 2021, at 12 noon
Room XX at the Palais des Nations, Geneva
Streamed live at http://webtv.un.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/UN.Geneva

The official ceremony of the United Nations in Geneva will pay tribute to those who perished in Nazi death camps. Holocaust survivor Fanny Ben-Amy will tell of her family experience of loss and survival. The ceremony will feature remarks by Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, UN Geneva Director-General, Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar, Permanent Representative of Israel, and Ambassador Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg, Permanent Representative of Germany. It will also include several musical interludes by the renowned Israeli pianist Amit Weiner. English and French interpretation will be provided.
*No registration needed. Because of health measures related to the current pandemic, we invite you to follow the ceremony online.

For more information on the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, visit this page.

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MESSAGES ON THE OCCASION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST

 

Dr Efstathios C. Lianos Liantis, Chairman of the Greek Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) & Special Envoy on Combating Antisemitism and Preserving Holocaust Remembrance / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece

H.E. Mr. Pierre-Louis LorenzAmbassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the United Nations in Geneva

H.E. Ms. Teuta Agai-Demjaha, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of North Macedonia to the United Nations in Geneva

H.E. Tine Mørch Smith, Mission of Norway, Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representation of Norway to the United Nations in Geneva

H.E. Mr. Bogdan Aurescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania

H.E. Mr. Gennady Gatilov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in Geneva

H.E. Mrs. Aurora Diaz-Rato RevueltaAmbassador and Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations in Geneva

H. E. Mr. Walter Stevens, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in Geneva