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UNIC Lusaka Organises Holocaust Commemoration in Zambia

By Mizuki Uchiyama, University Volunteer, UNIC Lusaka

In its continued efforts to remind children and youth of the lessons to be learned from the Holocaust so as to help to prevent future acts of genocide, the United Nations Information Centre Lusaka conducted an educational outreach activity at St. Mary’s Secondary School in

Ms. Harriet Kawina, The District Commissioner for Livingstone Town, giving her remarks during the Holocaust Outreach held at St. Marys Secondary School.

Livingstone district on 28 January 2020. More than 100 pupils from five Livingstone-based schools namely St. Marys Secondary, Dambwa Private Secondary, Busongo Private, Hillcrest Technical Secondary and Livingstone Secondary participated in the event which was held under the 2020 global theme “75 years after Auschwitz – Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice” to honour the lives of the six million Jews and other groups who were killed by the Nazi regime between 1941 and 1945.

Livingstone District Commissioner Ms Harriet Kawina, who was guest of honour cautioned participants about the danger of indifference.

“We need to reflect on what this history means for our times. The obvious conclusion is that after 2,000 years of various forms of antisemitism, we know that antisemitism is not an eradicable disease. Nor is hate, nor indifference. Knowing this, we must ask whether we can tackle the problem of indifference, or whether it is ineradicable. We are all susceptible to indifference,” Ms Kawina said.

Speaking at the same even, Mr Aiden Kambunga, who is the Livingstone District Education Board Secretary said that in order for peace and security to prevail, youth must be actively involved in finding solutions to building peace.

“They must be given a say in peace and security so as properly address the causes of conflict. It is therefore important that we guard against evil ideologies in order to prevent such crimes from reoccurring. All manifestations of religious intolerance, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief must be rejected,” Mr Kambunga said.

The event included an exhibition titled “Butterfly Project” which tells of children’s experiences

A student asking a question after watching the documentary “The Path to Nazi Genocide.”

during the Holocaust as well as a historical video narrating events and decisions that forever changed the world. After watching the video, students expressed their views on the Holocaust and raised many questions such as why the Holocaust happened and what made such large-scale killings of people possible. As a Representative from Council for Zambia Jewry, Mr Shalomi Abutbul, answered the young learners’ questions, they deepened their understanding of the dangers of hatred and racism.

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.