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|Defying the Nazis - Screening and Discussion with Deanna Byck, Co-Executive Producer
On 13 February 2017, we were delighted to co-organize a free screening and discussion event with The American Club Hong Kong:
|UN Holocaust Memorial Day 2017
On 23 January 2017, the Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre marked the International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a moving, inspiring ceremony at the Community Hall in Sai Ying Pun. Many Jewish and local community members were in attendance, as were more than 30 diplomats and dignitaries, including The Hon. Tung Chee-hwa and The Hon. Donald Tsang, both former Chief Executives of Hong Kong, and Ms Florence Hui, the Under Secretary for Home Affairs of the HKSAR Government. We were honoured that Micha Gelber, an 81-year-old Dutchman who lived through the Holocaust, travelled from the Netherlands to Hong Kong to share his story of survival with us.
|Survivor of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp Tours Hong Kong Schools
In the beginning of 2017, the HKHTC arranged for Holocaust survivor Mr Micha Gelber to address the following 11 schools across the region: West Island School, Harrow International School, Island School, French International School, Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School, Shatin College, Elsa High School, Creative Secondary School, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Li Po Chun United World College.
|HKHTC & Hong Kong Baptist University Event: "Lesson on Life and Peace"
On January 19, 2017, HKHTC and the Hong Kong Baptist University organized a public event "Lesson on Life and Peace: The Extraordinary Story of Holocaust Survivor Micha Gelber" with Dutch Holocaust survivor Micha Gelber, HKBU professor Emilie Tran, and Simon Li, HKHTC Director of Education.
|HKHTC & HKU event: "Micha Gelber: A Dutch Survival Story of the Holocaust"
On January 17, 2017, HKHTC and the Univeristy of Hong Kong hosted a very well-attended talk "Micha Gelber: A Dutch Survival Story of the Holocaust" with Holocaust survivor Micha Gelber, HKU professor Roland Vogt, and Simon Li, HKHTC Director of Education.
|JCC-HKHTC Event with survivor of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp
In our joint event with the Jewish Community Centre on 17 January 2017, Micha Gelber, survivor of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, shared his incredible story of survival during the Holocaust.
|Director of Education Simon Li lectures at local and international schools in Hong Kong
Simon K. Li, a Canadian-trained historian who speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English, was appointed HKHTC's Director of Education in 2016. Simon has extensive knowledge about genocide and he previously was Senior Lecturer at a higher education institute in Hong Kong.
|Slawomir Grunberg, director of Karski & the Lords of Humanity, speaks at HKU
The November 2016 visit to Hong Kong by Mr Slawomir Grunberg, director of Karski & the Lords of Humanity, was impactful. HKHTC screened this Holocaust documentary at The University of Hong Kong with Mr Grunberg telling the story of Jan Karski, Polish diplomat and resistance fighter, who risked his life to try to prevent the Holocaust. After the screening, the director also described to the audience how he used archival footage, as well as interviews with subjects and Holocaust scholars, to portray the life and work of a Righteous Gentile and an unsung hero.
|Director of Education lectured at Creative Secondary School
This fall, HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li visited Creative Secondary School. Two classes of students from 13 – 14 years benefited from the HKHTC's visit, which gave an informative, age-appropriate insight into the life of Jewish people before World War II and which presented the students with the most important terminology and vocabulary in both English and Cantonese. The talk also addressed China's, and in particular Shanghai's, role in providing refuge for many Jewish people.
|Dr Erez Pery, scholar & director of The Interrogation, visits Hong Kong
In November 2016, HKHTC partnered with the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival (HKJFF) to organize a visit to Hong Kong by Dr Erez Pery, both a scholar and the director of the award-winning film The Interrogation, which explores the life of Rudolf Franz Ferdinand Höss, the longest serving commander of Auschwitz concentration camp who was awaiting trial in a Polish prison. Dr Pery spoke to the audience, which included high school and college students, as well as local journalists, in an HKHTC-sponsored post-screening talk.
|Journalists visited HKHTC Resource Centre
Veteran journalists Cable TV's Fanny Fung, Next Magazine's Jophy Sin, a journalist from the ethnic media JB Pun Magar, and the HKU honorary lecturer in journalism Pui-king Chan visited our Resource Centre in Shau Kei Wan in November. HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li introduced our centre's works during the tour, along with a discussion of the concepts of genocide and how the Holocaust fits into that.
|The 17th Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival (19-27 November)
This fall, we were proud to sponsor the following Holocaust films as part of the 17th Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival. They were shown at local and international schools as well as universities around Hong Kong:
The Eichmann Show - 90 min
These four films (the most ever) shown this year were screened at 10 local and international schools (13 screenings in total) reaching a total of over 1,000 students in addition to the public showings. These films have helped students gain a deeper understanding of the issues that arise from the Holocaust.
|Director of Education Simon Li spoke at Nord Anglia International School
Since the new semester began this fall, our Director of Education Simon K. Li has visited many local and international schools to give Holocaust workshops for students of different ages. In October 2016, he ran a Year 6 workshop at Nord Anglia International School discussing Shanghai as a haven for Holocaust victims. It is always the HKHTC's aim to teach the Holocaust in an age-appropriate manner in a history classroom.
|Director of Education discussed the issue of Genocide at Rotary Secondary School
During this first semester of 2016-17, Director of Education Simon Li gave a 90-minute workshop to more than 180 students at C.C.C Rotary Secondary School on genocide, followed by the showing of a short film and an interacitve discussion on how to study the Holocaust through the stories of the victims, bystanders and perpetrators as well as their ideology and motivation.
|Director of Education discussed the Holocaust with Historian Yehuda Bauer at Yad Vashem seminar
This September, HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li was sponsored by the Adelson Family Foundation to attend a Holocaust educators' seminar at Yad Vashem, the world's Holocaust remembrance centre in Jerusalem. During this seminar, Simon had a fruitful discussion on the pedagogical approach to teaching the Holocaust with Yehuda Bauer, a respected authority on the subjects of the Holocaust.
|Director of Education Simon Li Met with the Youngest Holocaust Survivor from Schindler’s List
The HKHTC's newly-appointed director of education Simon Li, a public historian and a university academic before joining the centre, visited the youngest Holocaust survivor from Schindler's List in Israel this fall. Before moving to Israel and establishing a family, Eva Levi, 77, lived a very different reality. She is now also the youngest person alive who lived through the horror of the Holocaust thanks to the famous Oskar Schindler, who was named Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli government in 1963. Click here to learn more about Oskar Schindler's List.
|Nobuki Sugihara, son of Righteous Among the Nations Chiune Sugihara, visited Hong Kong
It was with great honour that we welcomed Mr Nobuki Sugihara, son of Consul Chiune Sugihara, a Righteous Among the Nations, for our September events. Mr. Sugihara spent a week in Hong Kong, from September 18th - September 25th. During his stay, he opened a new, original exhibition on Righteous Among the Nations from Asia, including his father Chiune Sugihara who helped an estimated 10,000 Jewish people escape from Nazi controlled Lithuania.
The opening event for the "Asian Righteous Among the Nations" exhibition took place at the University of Hong Kong, on September 19 followed by a film Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness and a Q&A with Mr. Sugihara. Mr Sugihara also spoke at Asia Society (in conversation with Mr Ronnie Chan, the Chairman of Asia Society Hong Kong) as well as the Hong Kong Jewish Community Centre. Besides, Mr Sugihara also spoke to several hundred school students, discussing his father's work and the importance of standing up to evil.
Please click here for more photos from our September events with Mr Nobuki Sugihara.
| Of Many - Screening and Discussion with Linda Mills, the Director
On 12 September 2016, we were delighted to co-organize a public screening and discussion event with the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts, and eSRT in Law, Language, Literature of the University of Hong Kong (HKU):
|HKHTC Directors' Trip on the Cambodian Genocide
On June 24-26, 2016, Directors of the HKHTC travelled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to enhance their knowledge base of the events of the Cambodian Genocide. Accompanied by a staff member from the DC-Cam (Documentation Center of Cambodia), the directors’ stops included S-21 (Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum) where they met with 2 survivors and toured the prison grounds and also the Choeung Ek Killing Fields. The group also went to the DC-Cam premises where they met with a perpetrator that worked at the S-21 prison and the Genocide Education coordinator/team leader and a genocide education teacher from DC-Cam.
|Director of Education Works With Local Church Leaders
On Monday 23rd May, a group of twenty local Church leaders visited the HKHTC Resource Centre.
|Dr. Ephraim Kaye of Yad Vashem Visited Hong Kong
We were honoured that Dr. Ephraim Kaye, of the International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, visited Hong Kong on Friday 20th of May.
|Holocaust Survivor Silvain Gilbert Speaks to Students About His Experiences
We were honoured to be coordinate Hong Kong based Holocaust survivor, Silvain Gilbert, to speak to students at Elsa High School as part of their Yom Hashoah commemorations.
Mr Gilbert shared his moving testimony with the students before answering thought provoking questions. Following Mr Gilbert, Alex Drucker of Ohel Leah Synagogue spoke of the importance of combatting modern day anti-Semitism.
It is vitally important to hear the testimonies of survivors, like Mr Gilbert, as first hand testimonies are the most powerful way to truly understand the events of the past.
We were proud to host the annual Yom Hashoah (Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day) ceremony at the Jewish Community Centre on Wednesday 4th May, from 7pm - 8pm.
Students from Elsa High School led the commemoration ceremony, speaking of why keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive is important to them, the future generation. Members of the Hong Kong Jewish community, including two Holocaust survivors, lit candles to remember the six million.
Yom Hashoah is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day and public holiday. It was inaugurated on 1953, anchored by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.
|HKHTC 2016 Art and Writing Contest - Year 9 - 13
After the success of last year's contest we were proud to announce the launch of the 2016 Art & Writing contest for Years 9 - 13.
Pick from one of the following three categories, answering the question
'HOW AND WHY SHOULD WE REMEMBER ACTS OF GENOCIDE?'
Students are encouraged to approach this question creatively, entering the contest in one of the three categories below. One winner will be announced in each of these categories:
1- Performing Arts: drama, spoken-word poetry, dance, performance, composition.
2- Visual Arts: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, film.
3- Writing: creative or essay (max. 1,500 words)
To enter the contest, please visit the following link. The deadline is 11.59pm 30th May 2016. Prizes will be awarded in each category. Winners will be announced in mid June. To learn more about entering, please visit the following link:
Most entries in the Performing Arts and Visual Arts categories require a 2-3 minute video explanation. Please upload your video to YouTube and paste the link on the website above.
Entries must be entirely original works. Please fully cite and acknowledge any existing ideas or authors from whom you’ve drawn inspiration.
All questions/inquiries to email@example.com.
|Director of Education, Ben Maxwell Freeman, visits LPC United World College
On Tuesday 15th March, HKHTC Director of Education, Ben Maxwell Freeman, visited Li Po Chun United World College to discuss the issue of Genocide.
|General Release of Son of Saul
Along with the The Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival we were pleased to announce the general release of SON OF SAUL in HONG KONG from 3rd March 2016 onwards.
|Oscar Winning Film, Son of Saul Screening 27th February & March 1st
As part of the European Film Festival we were proud to have partnered with the Consulate of Hungary in Hong Kong and Macao, the European Union Film Festival and the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival to screen the Oscar winning film, Son of Saul on 27 February & 1 March 2016.
|Dov Landau speaks at the Asia Society
Dov Landau, Holocaust survivor from Israel, spoke to 300 people at Asia Society on 1st February 2016 as part of his Holocaust Memorial Day tour of Hong Kong. He spoke wth Asia Society HK President Chairman Ronnie Chan and Josette Sheeran, President & CEO of Asia Society about his harrowing experiences in the Nazi concentration and death camps.
There were also 120 students present from a variety of local schools & universities, some students even travelled all the way from mainland China to hear Dov speak.
|United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day
On the 27th January we marked United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a moving, inspiring ceremony at Leighton Hall, 133 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley. We were honoured that Dov Landau, a gentleman who survived the horrors of the Holocaust, travelled from Israel to Hong Kong to share his moving story with us. We were also delighted Secretary for Home Affairs for the Government of HKSAR, The Honourable Lau Kong-wah attended the ceremony.
Please see below for a link to a recording of the whole ceremony:
Please also see below for a link to a recording of the In Memory presentation, were we honoured the lives of the victims of the Nazis:
|Holocaust survivor, Dov Landau's tour of Hong Kong Schools and Universities
For Holocaust Memorial Day HKHTC hosted Dov Landau, a Holocaust survivor from Israel. From the 26th of January to the 2nd of February Dov visited nine different schools & universities speaking to over a thousand students about his experiences.
It is vitally important young people hear directly from Holocaust survivors so they may truly understand the depths to which humanity can plummet and understand how important it is to stand up for the right's of others.
Please see below for a link to Dov's talk at Harrow International School:
|Director of Education, Ben Maxwell Freeman spoke at Chinese International School
HKHTC Director of Education, Ben Maxwell Freeman, ran workshops at Chinese International School discussing the Spanish Inquisition and the Jewish festival of Chanukah.
|HKHTC Director of Education, Ben Freeman, spoke at the Anatolia Cultural & Dialogue Centre
On Saturday 12th December, at the Anatolia Cultural & Dialogue Centre, Ben Freeman gave a lecture on the history of the Holocaust as well as the importance of learning the lessons of history.
After Ben's lecture there was a screening of the documentary, 'Turkish Passport'. This film tells the story of Turkish Diplomats in Paris saving the lives of Turkish Jews in France. They succesfully stopped the Nazis deporting them to Auschwitz and eventually, in 1944, many Jews escaped from France to Turkey - crossing wartorn Europe in a train.
We were proud to work with the Anatolia Cultural & Dialogue Centre & tell the story of brave Muslims who helped save the lives of Jewish people during the Holocaust.
|Hannah Lessing's Visit: Book Presentation and Discussion of Memories - Lifestories of Victims of National Socialism
Since 2011, the Austrian National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism has published the book series: "Lives Remembered. Life Stories of Victims of National Socialism". With this, the National Fund has aimed to contribute to the collective memory of Austria and preserve these memories as a reminder and as a beacon of hope for future generations. More than 35.000 books of the first three editions were disseminated among schools all over Austria. The fourth edition of the series to be presented in Hong Kong as a premiere deals with the life stories of survivors who were exiled in Asia. The book, 800 pages long, documents 23 life stories of persons who have settled temporarily or permanently in China (Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing), India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand und the Philippines.
This world premiere focussed on the importance of recording testimonies in general and we were honoured Dr Emilie Tran and Dr Glenn Timmermans agreed to speak on the panel alongside Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the Austrian National Fund. Ben Freeman, Director of Education at the Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre moderated the panel discussion. Dr Trans fled Cambodia to France following the Cambodian genocide & Dr Timmermans is an expert on the history of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.
To learn more about the Austrian National Fund's Life Stories series please visit this link.
|Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria and of the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism, visits Hong Kong
In partnership with the Austrian Consulate General in Hong Kong we were delighted to welcome Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria and of the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism, to Hong Kong from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th November 2015.
|Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival
We were delighted to sponsor two films at the 2015 Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival.
These films were shown at the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival on Sunday 15th February to a sold out audiencehttp://www.hkjff.org/
|Launch of New HKHTC Resources - Teacher Training Seminar
HKHTC was thrilled to launch two units of resources - The Lessons of The Holocaust & Treatment of Gay Men by the Nazis - in collaboration with From Yesterday For Tomorrow at a teacher training seminar on Thursday 26th October.
If you are interested in learning more about these resources please contact our Director of Education Ben Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Director of Education Speaks at CUHK
On the 20th October, HKHTC's Director of Education, Ben Freeman, addressed 1500 students at Chinese University of Hong Kong.
|Shanghai: A Wartime Haven - Opened August 31
To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Shanghai Ghetto and the end of WWII, the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (HKHTC) staged a public exhibition entitled Shanghai: A Wartime Haven. The exhibition told the story of Jews' escape to Shanghai from Nazi Germany, the experiences of Jews and Chinese under Japanese internment during the war, and finally the city's liberation and refugees' subsequent transit to Hong Kong. Shanghai: A Wartime Haven also documented the Kadoorie family's wartime and postwar humanitarianism, as well as the rescue activities of diplomats Ho Feng Shan from China and Japan's Chiune Sugihara, who risked their lives to issue Jews travels visas out of Austria and Lithuania in the late 1930s.
We were delighted to launch Shanghai: A Wartime Haven at the Peninsula Hotel on Monday 31st August at 6:30pm. The exhibition was also on view at The Central Oasis Market Walkway (above Des Voeux Road), from 31st August to 14th September.
|Summer Workshop with Dr David Silberklang - June 1 at HKU
On June 1st, HKHTC hosted Dr David Silberklang (Senior Historian, Yad Vashem's Internaitonal Institute for Holocaust Research) at Hong Kong University for its last teachers' workshop of the 2014-2015 academic year.
Dr Silberklang's talk was entitled: "When Did They Decide? Understanding and Teaching the Development of the Final Solution". In addressing this question, Dr Silberklang referred to German documents and Jewish reports and suggested approaches to broaching the subject with students.
|Watchers of the Sky: A Genocide Awareness Event - May 13th in Hong Kong
On May 13th, HKHTC premiered Watchers of the Sky in Hong Kong:
WATCHERS OF THE SKY interweaves four stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin – the man who created the word “genocide,” and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell, WATCHERS OF THE SKY takes you on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action.
The film screening was followed by a panel discussion with the following three speakers:
-Kerry Propper, Producer, Watchers of the Sky (and Voices of Rwanda)
-Dr Khamboly Dy, Head of Cambodia's Genocide Education Project
-Dr Mark Kielsgard, Scholar of the Armenian Genocide at City University HK
|2015 Yom Hashoah Ceremony
On the evening of April 15th, 2015 HKHTC marked Hashoah, Israel's Holocaust Memorial Day, with a special ceremony at the Jewish Community Centre. The programme featured an abridged performance of Charlotte Delbo's renowned play, "Who Will Carry the Word?", based on the experience of 20 women imprisoned in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Survivors, religious and lay leaders, students, and members of the community paused both to reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust and recommit to engaging with its history and mandate.
|Jackie Metzger, Instructor at Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies, Returns to Hong Kong
On his second visit to Hong Kong, Holocaust educator Jackie Metzger, of Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies, addressed both secondary school students and teachers on themes relevant to Holocaust poetry.
Jackie Metzger made aliyah from South Africa in 1965 and has been living on a communal moshav, Neve-Ilan, since 1978. For 24 years, he worked as a History and English teacher in the kibbutz school sector and for the past several years he has been working at Yad Vashem in two departments. He works with adult and youth groups who visit the site and writes materials to help teachers with Holocaust studies in their schools.
Here's Jackie discussing Primo Lev's poem, "Shema".
|Screening of Auf Wiedersehen, ‘Til We Meet Again, at Hong Kong University
On March 25, 2015, HKHTC and the HKU Law Faculty hosted a special screening of Auf Wiedersehen, ‘Til We Meet Again.
In this compelling and often funny tale of recovery and renewal, author and activist Linda G. Mills is propelled by her family's life-threatening experience of September 11, 2001 to return to the site of her mother's flight from Vienna, Austria in 1939. Accompanied by her comically bored ten-year-old son, Ronnie, her highly opinionated and wholly engaging mother Annie and Aunt Rita, Linda discovers unsettling truths that upend a series of familial and historical myths.
Auf Wiedersehen is an unconventional documentary that brings the lessons of history into the present day through the eyes of an irreverent ten year-old-boy. Along the way, the family discovers an astonishing array of collaborators, victims, perpetrators, and unlikely heroes in a startlingly humorous adventure spanning five generations.
Prof. Glenn Timmermans (Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of Macau) moderated a post-screening discussion with Linda Mills (New York University) and Peter Goodrich (Sin Wai-Kin Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities, The University of Hong Kong/Benjamin N. Cardozo School).
|Buchenwald Liberator, Sergeant Rick Carrier, Tours Hong Kong Schools
Alongside the United States Consulate in Hong Kong and Macau, the HKHTC arranged for Sergeant Carrier to address the following nine schools across the region: St. Stephens Girls’ College, Elsa High School, Kellett School, Po Leung Kok Laws Foundation College, Hong Kong International School, NLSI Lui Kwok Pat Fong College, Hong Kong University, Discovery College and Sha Tin College.
Sergeant Carrier spoke about his experience as a solider in the Second World War, recounted the liberation of Buchenwald, and shared his advice for fighting bigotry and intolerance today.
In total, 2,500 students (aged 12-22) were present for Sergeant Carrier’s talks.
|2015 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony
On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the HKHTC marked 2015 International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a special programme co-sponsored by the United States Consulate in Hong Kong and Macau. Some 400 Jewish and local community members were in attendance, as were 30 diploamts and dignitaries, including The Hon. Tung Chee-hwa, former Chief Executive of Hong Kong and The Hon. Tsang Tak-sing, HKSAR Secretary for Home Affairs.
The keynote speech was delivered by retired US Army Sergeant Rick Carrier, veteran of the Normandy landings and a liberator of the Buchenwald concentration camp.
The ceremony was followed by the Hong Kong premiere of Night Will Fall (co-sponsored by the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival) an as yet unreleased film documenting the liberation of the concentration camps—overseen by Alfred Hitchcock.
The event was covered by the South China Morning Post and appeared on the front page of the newspaper the next day, on January 28th.
|HKHTC Teachers' Workshop on Liberation
On January 23, 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre will hosted its first-ever half-day teachers' workshop on themes relevant to the end of the Second World War and liberation.
The three talks included pedagogical methodologies for classroom use. Speakers were Simon Goldberg and Prof. Glenn Timmermans (HKHTC) and Miguel Maneros De Lemos (Faculty of Law at University of Macau).
The workshop was attended by 45 secondary school and university educators from Hong Kong and Macao, representing the following faculties: History, English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.
|HKHTC Event Series for Read@ Polytechnic University 2014
In the months of September-November 2014, the HKHTC partnered with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on an exhibition and event series around The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, this year's choice for Read@PolyU. The exhibition in the campus library prompted students to interact with panels on Holocaust history, as well as information on other genocides, offering historical context to the book.
Photos of the exhibition are online here.
As part of this initiative, students also heard from Holocaust survivor Silvain Gilbert and partook in one of two film screening of the film adaptation of John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, each followed by a discussion.
|Teachers' Workshop: "Why Teach the Holocaust?"
The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Yet why, as educators, should we teach it? In what ways is its scrutiny relevant to contemporary life? Are there valuable "lessons" it holds? To answer these questions, the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre hosted a special workshop led by Ephraim Kaye, Director of International Seminars at Yad Vashem—Israel's Holocaust Museum—and a world-renowned Holocaust educator.
|Sara Atzmon schools visits 28th April - 7th May 2014.
As our guest in Hong Kong, Mrs Atzmon visited 9 schools and Universities in Hong Kong and Macau, talking to well over 1000 students.
The schools visited ranged from International schools and Band 1 local schools, to schools where there were many students from ethnic minorities with high diversity.
Mrs Atzmon told students about her experiences during the Holocaust. She also explained the inspiration behind her paintings and shared images of her work. Each student was given a catalogue from her exhibition, which contained reproductions and explanations of the artwork displayed as well as her biography and a general introduction to the Holocaust.
During her visit, Mrs Atzmon also met with visiting student groups at the Goethe-Institut and UMAG as well as address an intimate audience at the Jewish Community Centre.
Please contact email@example.com if you wish to have a copy of the catalogue.
Please click here for photos of Mrs Atzmon's visit to Hong Kong.
|Sara Atzmon visit to Shenzhen - April 27th 2014
As part of her visits to schools and educational institutions, Sara Atzmon visited the Baoan Social Welfare Centre, which is an which is an orphanage in Shenzhen, China. Sara shared her remarkable story of hardship and survival with a group of long-term residents at the Centre, including adults and children of various ages.
She also conducted a special art workshop with the group, who painted images they had in mind after hearing Sara's moving story. These were exhibited on a wall alongside copies of her own artwork.
The students also joined in a concert and an exchange of music and dances with Mrs Atzmon. It was a wonderful educational and cultural exchange for all.
|'Surviving Evil - The Pictorial Language of Sara Atzmon' Feb 25th - May 4th 2014
The HKHTC was delighted to jointly host two exhibitions, in collaboration with Hong Kong University and the Goethe-Institut HongKong of the artwork of renowned Holocaust survivor and artist Sara Atzmon.
Mrs. Atzmon's Holocaust-themed work was on display from February 25th- May 4th at the University Museum and Art Gallery at Hong Kong University and concurrently, in April at the Goethe Institut Hong Kong.
The exhibition opening on February 25th was widely reported in the press.
Over 460 students visited the exhibition as part of organised school tours.
|Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Memorial Day, Sunday April 27th 2014
This years Yom Hashoah ceremony took place at the University Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Hong Kong, Bonham Road.
This unique memorial event was held amongst the paintings of survivor and artist Sara Atzmon who addressed the memorial event recounting her experiences during the Holocaust.
Guests were deeply moved by her haunting and dramatic paintings as well as the compositions and readings throughout the ceremony.
This event was covered by Ta Kung Pao and Jewish Times Asia.
|Lecture at Maryknoll Convent - April 11th 2014
The HKHTC were delighted to be invited to Maryknoll Convent to educate 800 students about the Holocaust.
One of our Educational Committe members, Dr Martin Chung delivered the lecture and answered questions from students afterwards.
The students were highly engaged and interested in the topics covered and this talk illustrates the important work of going into schools to deliver Holocaust education and making contacts with students.
|Sara Atzmon Exhibition Tour and Lecture - April 4th 4-7pm
On April 4th, Dr Florian Knothe, Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery, gave a guided visit and lecture about the paintings of Sara Atzmon, was exhibiting her art at the Museum in conjunction with the HKHTC and Goethe-Institut Hongkong.
"Ms. Atzmons artworks, many of which are large-scale, highly impactful paintings, reflect the artist’s memories of her horrible experiences during the Shoah. In 1944, Ms. Atzmon was first deported to Strasshof and from there she was sent to Bergen-Belsen under terrible circumstances. As an adult, Ms. Atzmon became a talent painter dedicated to use her, often very dramatic and explicit, paintings, to bring awareness to the cruel times in our fairly recent past, and to educate a young generation to treasure and practice tolerance, and foster understanding and compassion between people of different religions and cultural backgrounds"
|Goethe-Institut Hongkong - exhibition opening April 2nd 2014
The Sara Atzmon Exhibition was officially opened at the Goethe-Institut Hongkong on 2nd April and closed on 3rd May.
This exhibition was running in parallel with Mrs Atzmon's exhibition at the University Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Hong Kong. The Goethe-Institut also screened three excellent Holocaust related films to compliment their educational work, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazism and the 25th anniversary of re-unification.
The artworks exhibited varied from the pieces at UMAG and wonderfully complimented the exposure of Mrs Atzmons educational and artistic work to the Hong Kong public.
Goethe-Institut received over 530 individual vistors to the exhibition as well as at least 100 students who visited on pre arranged tours.
| TEDx talk March 29th 2014
TEDx Baptist University David and Goliath-The Surprising Strength
Silvain Gilbert,one of our Directors was a guest presenter at TEDx Baptist University.
The theme "David & Goliath" - illustrated the idea of ' the surprising strength '.
All speakers came from a wide diversity of cultures and backgrounds yet they all had one thing in common, they are all individuals who, with their very own power, beat the 'giant'.
Silvain addressed the audience about his experiences during the Holocaust as a hidden child.
|Sara Atzmon exhibition opening - February 25th 2014
We were delighted to welcome to Hong Kong, artist and Holocaust survivor Sara Atzmon, who opened her exhibition 'Surviving Evil- the Pictorial Landscape of Sara Atzmon' on 25th February at Hong Kong University Museum and Gallery.
Guests of honour at the opening included Tsang Tak-sing Secretary for Home Affairs, Eddie Ng Hak-kim, Secretary for Education, Regina Ip LEGCO Representative, Mr Sagi Karni Consul General of The State of Israel and Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorf Consul General of The Federal Republic of Germany.
The exhibition runs until May 4th and was covered by a variety of press.
|Olga Horak Schools Visits
Between 21st- 28th January were delighted to host Olga Horak - suvivor of Auschwitz and Bergen- Belsen.
Mrs Horak spoke to over 2000 students and 8 different schools, recounting her experiences during the Holocaust.
Her powerful testimony and engaging talks are the most poweful ways to educate students about the Holocaust and she was enthusiastically received by them.
Click here to read an interview, in Chinese from the widely circulated Apple Daily.
And here for an interview in the SCMP Magazine.
|January 27th 2014
UN Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration at the Jewish Community Centre
This year we were delighted to welcome Olga Horak as a guest speaker at our commemoration event. Olga is a Slovak born Australian who survived Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen concentration camps.
She gave a moving address to distingushed guests, community members, students and other supporters at this event.
|School Holocaust Exhibition
During January we were delighted to lend Po Ling College, a Band 1 English Meduim local school, a copy of an excellent Holocaust exhibition created by the Cape Town Holocaust Centre.
It is an excellent example of collaboration and project work that we undertake with local schools in order to widen our reach in Holocaust education.
The school were also fortunate to host Olga Horak during her visit to Hong Kong.
|January 20th 2014
Wandering Jews In A Strange Land
The HKHTC were delighted to co-host a meeting with Chabad 'Discovery Bay'.
Ms Myra Berkovitz, teacher and Holocaust educator, will be gave a fascinating overview of the Jewish presence in China through the end of World War Two.
|December 2nd and 3rd 2013
School speaker tour - Jackie Metzger
For two days we had the pleasure to host Jackie Metzger from Yad Vashem.
Jackie has 25 years of teaching experience and currently works at Yad Vashem, teaching visiting groups, guiding them through Yad Vashem as well as writing educational material on the website - teaching about the Holocaust through literature.
Jackie visited 5 different schools and taught 8 classes totalling over 400 students who heard him over the two day period.
|November 18th - 29th 2013
Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival - school screenings
The HKHTC were delighted to take the film No Place On Earth around 9 schools in Hong Kong.
This film, chronicles the survival story of 38 Jewish men, women and children who survived for 511 days, longer than anyone in recorded history, hiding from the Nazis in underground caves in Ukraine.
This film is a remarkable testament to their will to survive and is a powerful educational tool for those wishing to educate students about the Holocaust.
We ran Q and A sessions with pupils after the screenings to enhance the educational impact of the film.
|28th November 2013
Radio Interview RTHK
Jeremy Amias the HKHTC Chairperson gave an interesting interview on Reenita Malhotra's 123 show - about the work of the HKHTC.
Please click here to hear the interview between 1.30 - 2 pm.
|October 15th- November 14th 2013
An Oasis of Survival and Hope
A Holocaust exhibition featuring artwork by the Children of the Terezin Camp.
This exhibition also showcased artwork produced by pupils from Hong Kong schools as well as information panels about different aspects of the Holocaust and other Genocides.
The exhibition was a huge suceess with high visability and educational impact for the wider Hong Kong public well as extensive press coverage.
Our exhibition panels can be viewed in full from this link http://www.hkhtc.org/educator.php
and press covergage can be seen at http://hkhtc.org/news.php
|25th October 2013 - Ephraim Kaye schools visit
Ephraim Kaye, Director of the International Seminars for Educators Department of Yad Vashem, gave three seminars to students at Sha Tin College.
He spoke to three different year groups and enthralled students with his subject material.
|21st October 2013 - UN Official opens our Exhibition
Kimberly Mann, Manager of the United Nations Holocaust Outreach Programme, officially opened our Exhibition An Oasis Of Survival and Hope, in Central Market.
The event was attended by VIPS, Consuls-General, the students and parents of participating pupils from Elsa High School and Sha Tin College as well as members of the Jewish community and wider public.
Please click here to see a video of the opening speeches.
|21st October 2013 - Schools visits from Kimberly Mann-Manager of the United Nations Holocaust Outreach Programme
Kimberley Mann from the UN visited two Hong Kong schools, Li Po Chun and French International School. She spoke about the role of the United Nations in education and commemorating the Holocaust.
She also spoke to the Education Department, to discuss Holocaust Education in the Hong Kong curriculum.
She was also interviewed on RTHK radio 3 Phil Wheelan show.
|19th October 2013 - Facing History workshop
Facing History ran an engaging and informative day's training at Li Po Chun College in collaboration with the HKHTC.
Students considered issues of individual and national identities, the failure of democracy in Weimar Germany and critical issues of ethical decision making and consequences of choice in Nazi Germany.
The workshop highlighted ways to address adolescents concerns about exclusion, inclusion and stereotyping through the lens of history.http://www.facing.org
|21st September 2013 Celebration of United Nations International Day of Peace
HKHTC Board Members represented us at this wonderful occasion, attended by UNESCO and Government officials, representatives from Religious and Communal organisations, Consulates and other relevant bodies.
It was followed by a panel discussion - In what ways can media help shape peace in the world.
|31st August 2013 Lectures by Dan Michman from Yad Vashem
On 31st August we were delighted to welcome Dan Michman from Yad Vashem. Professor Michman is Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studies.
Professor Michman has been involved with Yad Vashem’s scholarly and educational activities since the early 1980s, is on the editorial board of Yad Vashem Studies since the mid1990s, and served as Chief Historian from 2000 till 2011.
Proessor Michman spoke in the afternoon about 'Jewish Councils in the Ghettoes' and in the evening addressed the fascinating concept of 'Righteous Gentiles- the emergence of a unique commemorative concept'.
Both talks gave original and unusual insights into thier topics and stimulated a high level of discussion and conversation after the meetings.
|27th May 2013 - Dr Alan Rosen Seminar 'Testimony, Literature and the Holocaust'
|April 8th 2013- Yom HaShoah Ceremony 'Maintaining Humanity'
The theme of this years Yom HaShoah ceremony was ‘Maintaining Humanity’ In collaboration with the Tsofim of Hong Kong, we held our annual ceremony at the Jewish Community Centre, using music, poetry and readings to commemorate special people who are remembered for their acts of bravery, humanity and courage during the Holocaust. We also welcomed Joanna Millan, child Holocaust survivor who spoke about her experiences as a child survivor of Theresienstadt and about her journey of discovering her roots and family history.
|April 8th-12th - Joanna Millan Schools Visits
|March 23-24, 2013 - Screening of Shoah
The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre collaborated on two public screenings of Claude Lanzmann's monumental testament to The Holocaust, the film Shoah, as part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival. The screenings were introduced by HKHTC's Chair, Jeremy Amias, and followed by a discussion with professor Glenn Timmermans of Macau University.
|School talks by Silvain Gilbert - Hidden Child
HKHTC Board member, Silvain Gilbert, has been active all year going to schools in Hong Kong to tell pupils about his experiences as a hidden child, during the Holocaust. Children have been captivated by his story and primary source information about the Holocaust and for many it stimulated further enquiries and study.
|January 27th, 2013 - Music from the Ashes: A United Nations Commemoration Concert
To commemorate the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day the HKHTC held a memorial concert titled "Music from the Ashes" at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. The concert featured musicians from Hong Kong, the United States and Israel who played music composed by eminent Jewish composers who perished in Nazi concentration and death camps. The leading musician was by the Professor Allan Sternfield of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Over 400 people attended the concert, including Consul Generals, local dignitaries as well as a diverse cross selection of the Hong Kong public. Click to see photos from the event.
|November 13-27, 2012: Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival
As part of the Hong Kong Jewish film festival, we screened two films, the "Heart Of Auschwitz" and "The Last flight of Petr Ginz," to more than 700 local school children at more than 11 different schools. These events enabled students to learn about aspects of the Holocaust in a unique and engaging manner. We supplied speakers to introduce the films and run question and answer sessions afterwards.
|November 2nd, 2012 - Seminar: The Holocaust as a Unique Event in History
Guest speaker and Head of Education at Yad Vashem - Ephraim Kaye, addressed students and academics at Hong Kong University in a joint lecture organised by the HKHTC and the University's Modern Languages department.
|May 14, 2012 - Inauguration of the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre
|Nov 2011 HK Jewish Film festival school screenings
We took the film Hana and her Suitacase around 13 schools in Hong Kong for special screenings that were presented by her brother George.The film enthralled students and along with the presentation by her brother, it proved to be a highly effective medium for Holocaust education.
|April 19th, 2012 - Yom HaShoah Memorial Service
The Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre hosted the annual Yom HaShoah Memorial Service at the Jewish Community Centre.
|January 31 2012 - UN Holocaust Memorial Discussion with Steven Smith
In our first event as the HKHTC, we welcomed Steven Smith, Head of the Shoah Foundation at the University of Southern California. Mr Smith spoke at the Jewish Community Centre, about the importance of Holocaust education and the preservation of memory, in order to avoid future genocides and crimes against humanity.