BAKU, 25 January 2018 – The United Nations (UN) Office and the Embassy of the State of Israel in Azerbaijan have organised a Holocaust Week from 23 to 27 January 2018 to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The theme of this year’s Remembrance Day highlights the importance of education as a shared responsibility. The theme highlights the universal dimension of the Holocaust and encourages education on this tragedy so that future generations will firmly reject all forms of racism, violence and anti-Semitism.
As part of the Holocaust Week, series of events will take place at the academic institutions, such as ADA University and the Baku Oxford School, and at the Youth House in Baku. The events include three exhibitions and the screening of a documentary film translated into Azerbaijani language.
One of the exhibitions – The Butterfly Project: Remembering the Children of the Holocaust – outlines the impact of the Holocaust on children, and showcases an educational initiative called The Butterfly Project developed by Holocaust Museum Houston to teach this history to young people, encourage them to remember the 1.5 million children who perished and to stand up against hatred and prejudice.
A second exhibit titled The Holocaust – Keeping the Memory Alive features the 12 best posters by designers and students of design from different countries. The exhibit is a joint initiative of Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme.
The documentary film Children of the Holocaust combines animation and interviews with elderly survivors who recount their childhood experiences of Nazi atrocities, their escape from occupied mainland Europe to Britain and the impact that this had on their lives.