The Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre was pleased to participate in the 24-Hour Virtual Global Vigil to mark the conclusion of Genocide Awareness Month. Over a 24 hour cycle, the vigil featured content from major organisations from around the world commemorating genocide, including HKHTC. On 29 April 2021, the global audience joined the live stream of our special one hour programme ‘Remembering Together: Chinese and Jewish Students Discuss Holocaust/Genocide Education’.
Mixing music and dialogue, this conversation between Jewish students in Hong Kong and Chinese undergraduates in Macao, addressed pressing questions on the need for Holocaust education and its use in raising awareness of genocidal atrocity in Asia. Bringing together students from different backgrounds to talk about the Holocaust and its place in wider genocide education, we hoped to find common ground for communal memory where both groups participate in each other’s understanding of shared humanity.
Thanks for joining us to conclude Genocide Awareness Month and unite to fight hate worldwide.
For HKHTC’s one-hour special programme, you can watch the video here.
April is Genocide Awareness Month. HKHTC hosted a special webinar with Germany’s inaugural Federal Government Commissioner for the Fight against Anti-Semitism, Dr Felix Klein, for a live discussion and Q&A on the fight against anti-Semitism in Germany and Europe today.
The webinar was moderated by HKHTC Chairman and HKU scholar Dr Roland Vogt.
This event was supported by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany and the University of Hong Kong’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
As the Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaSahoah) is approaching in April, Hong Kong’s Apple Daily speaks with HKHTC Executive Director & Columbia University’s Historical Dialogue Fellow Simon Li on how wartime Shanghai saved more than 20,000 Jews from the Holocaust and the role of Hong Kong in this forgotten episode of history. (Content in Chinese only)
Click here to read the story and view the video report.
Yom HaShoah 2021/5781 Remembering Music’s Saving Powers at Auschwitz
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch OBE is one of the dwindling number of men and women still living who survived Auschwitz. She was taken to the camp but escaped the gas chambers because of her ability to play the cello, and went on to become a founding member of the English Chamber Orchestra.
On this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ms Lasker-Wallfisch shared with us her unique story of how playing the cello saved her life.