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UNIC Lusaka partners with the Government on provincial tour of the Butterfly Project

By Charles Nonde, Public Information Assistant, UNIC Lusaka

UNIC Lusaka has partnered with Zambia’s National Heritage Conservation Commission under the Ministry of Tourism and Arts to showcase the Butterfly Project as part of the ongoing educational outreach in the buildup to the 2020 Holocaust commemoration.

Under this partnership, the butterfly project will be on a countrywide tour starting with the Copperbelt Museum where it spent several weeks from 25th June to 19th August 2019 and the general public, students and other visitors were able to view and learn about the holocaust and the butterfly project.

The exhibition was a success and had a total visitation of 1,868 people. Visitor comments lodged in the visitors’ book indicated that the exhibition was educational especially for the pupils studying History as it complemented their World History lessons about the Holocaust and Second World War.

After the Copperbelt Museum, the exhibition will be displayed in three other major museums in Northern, Eastern and Western provinces before finally settling in the Livingstone Museum in  Southern Province in January 2020 in time for the Holocaust commemoration. The Livingstone Museum also houses an independent holocaust museum supported by the Jewry Council of Zambia.

The Butterfly Project is a call to action through education, the arts and memorial making. It uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate about the dangers of hatred and bigotry and cultivates empathy and social responsibility. Participants paint ceramic butterflies that are permanently displayed as symbols of resilience and hope, with the goal of creating 1.5 million butterflies around the world one for each child who perished in the Holocaust and honoring the survivors.

Press Release: Holocaust Day – UN Resident Coordinator Janet Rogan calls for Love and Peace

MANY CALL FOR PEACE AND LOVE AS ZAMBIA MARKS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST

LUSAKA, 31 January 2019 – On 29 January 2019, United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Janet

UN Resident Coordinator Zambia, Ms. Janet Rogan

UN Resident Coordinator Zambia, Ms. Janet Rogan

Rogan spoke at a commemorative event in Lusaka to remember the victims of the Holocaust with a call for love and need to defend human rights. Six million Jews and other groups of people were killed during the Holocaust between 1941-1945 by the Nazi regime and their collaborators.

“It is necessary for us not only to remember the people who were mercilessly murdered during the holocaust, during the genocides, but also to think hard about the reasons why they were killed; to think about how the general population was incited against those people of difference. And it is necessary to do everything possible to teach ourselves and our children how to defend ourselves against such evil ideologies so that such crimes can never, ever again be perpetrated in our presence or our collective knowledge,” Ms Rogan said.

The event, organised by the UN Information Centre Lusaka, was held under the theme: ‘Holocaust Remembrance: Demand and Defend Your Human Rights.’
Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, Reverend Godfridah Sumaili, MP, was guest of honour. In her speech, the Honourable Minister called upon youths to reject violence and instead contribute meaningfully to Zambia’s development.

“I call on youths to refuse to be used as tools to injure other people simply because they are different from one group…The youths should take their rightful place as future leaders and

A student makes comments reflecting upon the commemoration.

A student makes comments reflecting upon the commemoration.

seek meaningful participation in the development of Zambia. Zambia depends on youths as agents for change. Fighting is not one of the ways to participate in development,” Rev. Sumaili said.

The event involved informative exhibitions including a historical video narrating events and decisions that forever changed the world, and a multi-paneled exhibition where students read testimonies, viewed family photographs and learned about The Butterfly Project: stories from children and their families during the Holocaust.

Others who joined children and youth at the event in expressing their views on peace, unity, love and tolerance were a representative from the Council of Churches in Zambia, Zambia-Israel Initiative Bishop Peter Tande Mulenga, former Namwala Member of Parliament Dr. Ompie Nkumbuka-Liebenthal, Chairperson of the Council for Zambia Jewry Simon Zukas and other members of the Jewish Community in Zambia including Cynthia Zukas, Shalomi Abutbul, Izak Ephrati and Robert Liebenthal.

On 1st November 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 60/7 designating 27th January as an annual International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. This day serves as an opportunity to raise awareness and bolster inclusivity among every person within their daily lives by continuing to thrive and to strive for better living standards together, undivided.

For more information, please contact:

United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lusaka
Mark Maseko, National Information Officer
P: +260-211-225-494  E: info.lusaka@unic.org

Zambian Students Learn About the Holocaust

By Shiho Kuwahara, University Volunteer, UNIC Lusaka

UNIC Lusaka organized a thought-provoking event on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust” at the University of Zambia Chapel in Zambia’s

Group photo of attendees.

Group photo of attendees.

capital, Lusaka. About 100 people, including 70 students from four secondary schools participated in the event at which the Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, Rev Godfridah Sumaili was guest of honour. Other dignitaries included Ms. Janet Rogan, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Zambia, Mr. Simon Zukas Chairperson of the Council for Zambia Jewry, Ms Victoria Chitundu, Director for Lusaka National Museum and representatives from the Jewish community in Zambia and other Faith-Based Organisations.

Rev Sumaili emphasized the importance of observing the Holocaust.

“This is a very important day as it helps us to save the coming generations from the scourge of unprecedented acts of genocide as witnessed when over six million Jews and other groups of people including Jehovah’s witnesses and gypsies were killed by the Nazi regime. Further, commemorating the Holocaust is important in reminding us of the need to protect and defend human rights,” she said.

Ms. Rogan said in her speech that it was necessary for all to not only remember the people who were mercilessly murdered during the holocaust, but also to think hard about the reasons why they were killed; to think about how the general population was incited against those people of difference. She called for need to do create awareness about need to speak and act evil ideologies so that crimes such as the Holocaust can never, ever again be perpetrated.

“To hold this kind of event is meaningful not only to honour millions of victims, but also to let people think about the value of peace to prevent the tragedy from occurring again,” she said.

Mr. Zukas shared that he lost family members during the Holocaust, a narration that left a few teary eyes in the audience. This was echoed by his wife Cynthia Zukas, who also spoke about similar losses of family members at the hands of the Nazi in concentration camps.

Pupils expressed the need for love, tolerance and unity. One pupil noted that through the event, she was able to better understand the Holocaust as it was her first-time ever hearing about these acts of genocide by the in Nazi regime. The children also observed an exhibition called Butterfly Project, a narrative about the Holocaust by children who survived the atrocities.

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UN Secretary-General’s remarks at UN Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

New York, 28 January 2019

[as delivered]

We are here together to remember the victims of the Holocaust – the six million Jews and many

The UN Secretary-General Mr. António Guterres

The UN Secretary-General Mr. António Guterres

others murdered during a period of unprecedented, calculated cruelty, when human dignity was cast aside for a racial ideology.

I extend a special welcome to the Holocaust survivors with us today, especially Mr. Marian Turski and Ms. Inge Auerbacher, who will share their testimony.

This International Day marks the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp 74 years ago yesterday. I also pay tribute to the veterans here today for their role in bringing the war and Holocaust to an end.

Yesterday was, by the way, also the 75th anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad.  That prolonged the blockade — 872 days of siege, starvation and suffering – that was a horror within the horror.

As we remember, we also reaffirm our resolve to fight the hatred that still plagues our world today.

In fact, it is necessary – more and more – that we sound an alarm.

It is just three months since a man armed to the teeth entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh shouting “all Jews must die”.

He murdered 11 worshippers observing Shabbat.

It was the worst anti-Semitic attack in the history of the United States.

Last month at a Jewish cemetery near Strasbourg, in France, vandals smeared swastikas on dozens of tombstones and defaced a monument to Holocaust victims.

And just days ago in Bulgaria, stones were thrown through the window of Sofia’s central synagogue.

I would like to be able to say that these incidents were aberrations, or that they are only the last gasps of a prejudice that deserves to die.

But sadly, what we are instead seeing is the flame of a centuries-old fire gaining in intensity.

Not only is anti-Semitism still strong – it is getting worse.

We must rise up against rising anti-Semitism.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents in the United States increased by 57 per cent in 2017.

The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency reported last year that 28 per cent of Jews had experienced some form of harassment just for being Jewish.  Many added that fears for their safety have led them to stay away from Jewish events – or even to contemplate emigrating.

Another poll in Europe by CNN revealed the strong persistence of classic anti-Semitic motifs.

In fact, the old anti-Semitism is back.

At the same time, we are seeing attempts to rewrite the history of the Holocaust, to distort its magnitude and to sanitize the wartime records of leaders, citizens and societies.

Meanwhile, neo-Nazi groups are proliferating.

A recent Public Broadcasting System Frontline programme conducted an in-depth exploration of one of the extremist and white supremacist organizations in the United States that promote hatred against Jews, and also other minorities, homosexuals and others.

Their views are right out of “Mein Kampf”.  They have, by the way, a similar book written by their leader.

Their recruitment methods target the disaffected.

They seek out people with military experience – and encourage sympathizers to join the armed forces to gain weapons training.

And the massacre in Pittsburgh was precisely in keeping with their advocacy of violent, so-called “lone wolf” attacks.

Inevitably, where there is anti-Semitism, no one else is safe.  Across the world, we are seeing a disturbing rise in other forms of bigotry.

Attacks on Muslims in several societies are on the rise, sometimes even outpacing other forms of hatred.

Rohingyas, Yazidis and many others have faced persecution simply for who they are.

Intolerance today spreads at lightning speed across the Internet and social media.

Perhaps most disturbingly, hate is moving into the mainstream – in liberal democracies and authoritarian systems alike.

We have seen this throughout the debate on human mobility, which has featured a stream of invective, falsely linking refugees and migrants to terrorism and scapegoating them for many of society’s ills.

Major political parties are incorporating ideas from the fringes in their propaganda and electoral campaigns.

Parties once rightly considered pariahs are gaining influence over governments.

And where once some political figures used the so-called “dog whistle” to signal their followers, today they also feel able to trumpet their noxious views for all to hear.

Political discourse is being coarsened.

And with each broken norm, the pillars of humanity are weakened.

That is part of what Hannah Arendt identified as the path towards totalitarianism.

We should not exaggerate the comparisons to the 1930s.

But equally let us not ignore the similarities.

We see some societies wanting to turn back the clock on diversity.

Political establishments have a profound and growing trust deficit.

The demonization of others rages on.

Such hatred is easy to uncork, and very hard to put back in the bottle.

One urgent challenge today is to heed the lessons of history and the Holocaust.

First, by keeping memory alive.

A recent poll in Europe found that one third of people say they know little or nothing about the Holocaust.

Among millennials, some two-thirds had no idea Auschwitz was a death camp.

As the number of survivors dwindles, it falls to us all to carry their testimony to future generations.  This is our duty and we must make sure that what the memory of survivors is able to tell will persist forever.

Education is crucial – about the Holocaust, about genocide and crimes against humanity, about racism and the history of slavery.

The United Nations and the Holocaust Outreach Programme has activities in dozens of countries, and we are strongly committed to expanding its reach.

And, we must stand up to those who disseminate hatred.

I have asked my Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide to assess the efforts of the UN system in countering hate speech and to devise a global plan of action to deepen this essential work.

We had, just last Saturday in Park East Synagogue, a very moving testimony from Rabbi Schneier proposing that we should gather Ministers of Education all over the world to make sure that in schools these questions are clearly introduced in the curricula and that students will never be able to deny these facts.

Because indeed, countering hate speech is essential to preventing hate crimes.

That means rejecting hate in schools and workplaces, at sporting events and on the street.

And it means reaffirming universal values and equal rights.

Finally, we must bring those rights to life.

Proclaiming principles is not enough.

Vilifying the violators is not enough.

We must go further by working for a fair globalization, by building democratic societies, and by addressing the roots of the anxieties and angers that make people susceptible to populism and demagoguery.

Governments and international organizations must show they care and make rights real in the lives of all.

One of the great shocks of the Second World War was how a society of such high attainment proved so ripe for Hitler’s venom.

In his diaries of the years from 1933 to 1945, Victor Klemperer wrote, and I quote:

“Curious: At the very moment modern technology annuls all frontiers and distances…, the most extreme nationalism is raging.”  This was said in the ‘30s.

We are not immune to the same risks today.

Our response must be clear: to strengthen all we do to build the defences, the laws and the mindsets that will uphold the dignity of all, for all time, having the fight against anti-semitism in the front lines.

Thank you very much.

 

UNIC Lusaka commemorates International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

UNIC Lusaka organised commemorative activities to use the Holocaust to promote tolerance, co-existence, conflict prevention and promote peace among different racial, religious and cultural groups in Zambia.

This year’s Holocaust Remembrance was built around the theme, “Holocaust Remembrance and Education: Our Shared Responsibility”. The theme emphasises the universal dimension of the Holocaust and how education about the tragedy should encourage all humankind to firmly reject all forms of racism, violence and anti-Semitism. Shared values can compel people to

Holocaust Outreach 2018

Boy Scouts viewing the butterfly project poster exhibition at the University of Zambia Chapel Lusaka.

embrace dignity and respect for all.

The Holocaust Memorial Ceremony was held on 15 February 2018, at the University of Zambia in Lusaka. The ceremony had over 100 guests who included school pupils, youths from youth led Organisations, representatives from Faith Based Organisations and representatives from Non-Governmental Organisations.

The event had a lineup of activities which included remarks from the Jewish Community in Zambia, the UN Resident Coordinator’s Representative, and the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, a Jewish Prayer, candle lighting and moment of silence for over 6 million Jews that died, a documentary film:  Children of the Holocaust , a discussion around the holocaust and why education on it is very important, and finally closed with a  poster exhibit: The Butterfly Project: Remember the Children of the Holocaust.

UNIC Lusaka organised two (2) school outreach activities at Kafue Day Secondary School and

Naboye Secondary School Students

Naboye Secondary School Students

Naboye Secondary School in Kafue District, this was done as an effort to reach out to pupils not only in the capital city but rather even pupils outside Lusaka. Using the lesson plan that was provided and the guidelines for use of the posters with school pupils, UNIC Lusaka made the school events very interactive, centred around the pupils themselves.

The events at both schools started with poster exhibitions of the, The Butterfly Project: Remember the Children of the Holocaust, to show the impact of the Holocaust on children, then followed by the video presentation of the Path to Nazi Genocide, so that the pupils can fully and better understand the origin of the Holocaust, remarks from the Mayor of Kafue and closed with a discussion session around the poster exhibition and video to get the pupils views, questions and share their understandings.

 

 

 

United Nations in Zambia to Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day

PRESS RELEASE

Events to address tolerance, coexistence and peace

The Holocaust Memorial

Lusaka Zambia; From 27 January to 2 February 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Lusaka will hold a series of events to observe the International Remembrance Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The programme will target children and youth in secondary schools and universities in Lusaka, Central and the Copperbelt provinces. Speakers will include UNIC staff, members of the Jewish community in Zambia and Non-Governmental Organizations that work around peace building and friendships.

The United Nations General Assembly, on 1st November 2005, adopted Resolution 60/7 designating 27th January as an Annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The date was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The purpose of the Holocaust Memorial Day is to remember and learn from the lessons of the past. The theme for Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2017 is “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”.

Approximately six million Jews who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators during the Second World War through a systematic and state-sponsored fashion.

The Holocaust commemoration is important today as it offers lessons of not only the atrocities committed during the First World War but also on the need for tolerance, co-existence, conflict prevention and the respect for human rights. As killings of people in Africa and globally continues to be the order of the day as a result of armed conflict, the Zambian people can learn from these unfortunate events and not take peace for granted. There is need to guard against tribal differences and hate speech as they have the potential to cause conflict.

UNIC Lusaka will during the Holocaust commemorations engage children and youth as they are the future of Zambia who should grow up appreciating the need to defend our common humanity so that they can make correct decisions around peace in future.

The theme for the Holocaust remembrance this year emphasizes the fact that Holocaust education has a universal dimension and can serve as an appropriate platform for building respect for human rights, increasing tolerance and defending our common humanity. The Holocaust was a defining point in history and its lessons have much to teach about the danger of extremism and the prevention of genocide today.

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About UNIC Lusaka:

UNIC provides information services to the public that range from responding to general inquiries about the United Nations to organizing events commemorating special observances. Journalists, researchers, educators, Non-Governmental Organizations and the General Public also rely on UNIC for the lat

est United Nations information. Apart from a library, the centre also has a free internet service that clients can use for online research.

Issued by:

Mark Maseko

National Information Officer

UN Information Centre, Lusaka

Tel: +260-211-228487; Mobile: +260 955 767062; Email: masekom@un.org

INTERNATINAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY, 27 JANUARY 2014 AT UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA CHRISTIAN CHAPEL

UNIC Lusaka, January 25, 2013- Zambia joined the rest of the international community in commemorating the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an important reminder of the universal lessons of the Holocaust, a unique evil which cannot simply be consigned to the past and forgotten especially at a time when in some parts of the world similar atrocities are being committed of indiscriminate killings of defenseless people mostly women and children.

“The Path to Nazi Genocide” was the focus of the theme for 2014 and looked at how the Nazi

H.E. Mr. Saul Radunsky, Australian Consular in Zambia making his remarks.

H.E. Mr. Saul Radunsky, Australian Consular in Zambia making his remarks.

rose to power and used its position to systematically target the Jews and others who they termed as racially inferior. 250 people were in attendance and included The Honorary Australian Consular, H.E. Saul Radunski, who is also Jewish and his family was directly affected by what happened during the war, Reverend Faerber, from Universal Peace Federation, Representatives from the Messianic Association of Zambia, the Jewish Community in Zambia, Jerusalem House of Prayer, Orthodox Jewish Community, Universal Peace Federation Zambia Chapter, High Schools Matero Girls, Rhodes Park, Thornpark and Jacaranda.

The primary focus of the commemoration was video presentation and discussion based on it entitled “The Path to Nazi Genocide” a synopsis of the movie was given to the audience prior to seeing the movie so that they had an understanding of what they were about to watch. This included an explanation of the theme, the message and the setting so that the audience better understood what they were watching and later be in a position to ask questions.

Charles Nonde, Team Assistant at UN Information Centre Lusaka told the audience that in addition to what they had read; the remembrance of the holocaust provides a way into discussing difficult issues such as racism, xenophobia, discrimination and bigotry among different faiths and diverse communities.

In his remarks H.E. Mr. Radunski, stressed the importance of never being used by the political mechanisms to mistreat others and use it as an excuse to kill others, he further said that children need to be inculcated with good values that teach tolerance and fairness for others this way society is groomed to live in peace and harmony, thereby averting any potential threats such as deliberate targeting of others with crimes of hate. Mr. George Okech, FAO Resident Representative read the UN Secretary Generals Message.

The keynote presentation was given by Reverend Faerber from the Universal Peace Federation, entitled “choosing the transformation to a culture of peace”, in it he emphasized the need to be conscious of the fact that people are different but they all have equal rights and opportunities. He also stated that political ideologies, cultural differences should not be used against each other. The youth present were urged not to be used by those pursuing selfish desires and suppressing the rights of others.

Rabbi Yalenga, lead the gathering into the Kaddish prayer and Ha-Tikva, thereafter a candle lighting ceremony in honor of those killed during the Holocaust.

Besides the presentation at the Christian Centre, the documentary was also shown on two TV stations namely Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and Prime TV with a total viewership of  8 million, social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter were used and bulk sms reached out a further 13 000 people and the following messages where sent out;

  1. Information on the Holocaust at www.yadvashem.org/holocaust, https://www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance/
  2. Intl Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust – watch 1 survivor’s story http://un4.me/7bo-en @7_billionothersMonday: Intl Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust. @UNHOP Education material, videos & more: http://j.mp/1fPKoWL

Questions arising from the screening of “The Path to Nazi Genocide”

  1. What was the holocaust?
  2. Why were the Jews killed?
  3. Why the Jewish people are hated so much around the world?
  4. Where did the Jews come from and why did they go to Germany?
  5. What does the symbol swastika mean?
  6. From the film, we have seen how innocent people suffered from the brutality, by the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. This has continued to happen in many parts of the world e.g. Syria, Afghanistan. What is the UN doing about these ongoing wars to make sure the lives of the people are protected?
  7. After the Jews were rescued from the concentration camps, where did they settle? And if they did settle in Germany were they given back their assets as well as their rights as citizens
  8. What was the purpose of the war in 1914? In addition, why did German people hate the Jews? What was the purpose of the Nazi genocide?
  9. What is Anti-Semitism?
  10. What is an ideological battle?
  11. How can the lesson gained from the factors that led to the beginning of the holocaust (e.g. Teacher’s neglect of bullying in schools) help us to deal with problems of gender equality between boys and girls in schools today?
  12. What do the letters NAZI mean?
  13. Did Hitler want his past doings be known in the future? If not, why would he allow media people to video tape and capture it?
  14. What happened to Hitler when he was younger? What made him attack the Jews?
  15. What happened to the people involved in the Nazi genocide?
  16. Is it true that Hitler was not a German? If so how did he infiltrate from where he belonged, Austria to Germany?
  17. Adolf Hitler was a determined person to bring about change, but why didn’t he bring about equality to all races?
  18. What benefit did Hitler find in killing the Jews?
  19. Why was Germanys’ military force reduced to 13% at the Versailles treaty after World War 1?
  20. As we remember the holocaust victims in Zambia, how does the UN in Zambia localizing the events so that young people and the society are being sensitized, beyond the gathering present?
  21. Apart from taking part in commemorating the holocaust, what can the Zambian youth especially students do to help the Jewish people and stop such atrocities from happening again?
  22. How can modern technology not be used to perpetuate crimes against humanity?
  23. What specific international laws have been put in place that prohibits the mass killings such as genocides and holocausts which are potential threats to the eruption of the third world war? How effective and serious are they if implemented?
  24. Are there still any survivors of the holocaust?
  25. Using the UN platform; are similar approaches (videos, narrations, dialogue) employed to assist war torn countries like Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, etc.?