Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony


RESCHEDULED: Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony will take place on Thursday, 10 February 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the General Assembly Hall

The United Nations will observe the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust on Thursday, 10 February 2011. The annual solemn ceremony will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the General Assembly Hall at New York Headquarters.

As you may know, the event initially scheduled for 27 January 2011, was rescheduled due to the closure of the UN building as a result of inclement weather.

The event will honour the courage of women during the Holocaust, which continues to inspire and empower women today.

The ceremony is expected to feature remarks by the United Nations Secretary-General, the President of the 65th Session of the General Assembly, and the representative of Israel to the United Nations. Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, will host the event. Keynote remarks will be delivered by Ms. Lenore Weitzman, Professor Emeritus, George Mason University. Mrs. Nesse Godin, a survivor of a ghetto, four labour camps and a death march, will share her personal story.

An educational study guide and companion DVD titled “Women and the Holocaust: Courage and Compassion”, produced by the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme in partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education and Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, will also be launched on that day. This year’s commemoration aims to further understanding of this history as seen from this important, but often less visible, perspective and to pay tribute to the individual accomplishments of women during those times.

The ceremony is open to the general public. Please register by inserting [Memorial Ceremony RSVP] in the subject line of the message, and please provide your name, title, and organization in the text. Kindly email us at holocaustremembrance@un.org

If you have already registered, please kindly send us an email confirming your registration for 10 February 2011.


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