23 January 2020 - 26 Tevet 5780 - כ"ו טבת ה' אלפים תש"פ
International Holocaust Remembrance Day marked in Hong Kong – providing education to local and international communities E-mail

The United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day is the annual international memorial day designated by the United Nations to commemorate the tragedy of the Holocaust. The actual official date is 27 January, chosen because it is the date the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated in 1945.

A special programme in Hong Kong to mark this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day was held on 23 January. It was organised by the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Resource Centre (HKHTC), with generous support from the Fok Ying Tung Foundation. The theme for this year was “Being a Woman in the Holocaust”. As in previous years, the event was held at the Sai Ying Pun Community Complex.

Attendees included members of the Jewish community, religious leaders from many faiths in Hong Kong, local residents, students from international schools (including Merchiston International School from Shenzhen), consulate representatives, rabbis and government officials.

In special attendance were Tung Chee-hwa, the first and former Chief Executive of Hong Kong; Ingrid Yeung Ho Poi-yan, Permanent Secretary for Education of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR; Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, GBS, JP and a member of the Executive Council and Legislative Council of Hong Kong, and Ahuva Spieler, Consul General of Israel to Hong Kong.

Glen Steinman, Co-Chair of the HKHTC, gave an opening address, and Permanent Secretary Yeung gave an address on behalf of the HKSAR Government. Reto Renggli, Consul General of Switzerland, introduced the keynote speaker, Holocaust survivor Eva Koralnik, who shared her incredible story of survival as a young girl witnessing the horrors of the Holocaust, and how she, her sister and her mother managed to escape to safety.

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