UN observes Holocaust Day

Participants at Holocaust programme in UN Conference room, UN House.  Photo: UNIC

Participants at Holocaust programme in UN Conference room, UN House.
Photo: UNIC

KATHMANDU, 29 January 2013 – UNIC observed the Holocaust Day today in the UN Conference room. On the occasion, UNIC National Information Officer Ram Babu Shah read out the message of the UN Secretary General’s message on the occasion followed by one minute silence as tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and other genocide that took place elsewhere. This was followed by the screening of the documentary “ The Rescuers” Heroes of the Holocaust, to students, UN staff members and the media.  The 94-minute film, by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael King, details the systematic mass slaughter of European Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II and the 13 courageous diplomats who risked their own lives to save tens of thousands of Jews. The documentary also deals with the horrors of genocide in Rwanda and Darfur.

A lively round chair discussion was also held consisting of students from various schools as to the lessons learnt from the Holocaust and its relevance to the socio-cultural transformation and issues being debated in Nepal. The students shared their experiences of existing discrimination in Nepali society on the basis communal feelings of caste, creed, religion and ethnicity.