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|Cable TV's coverage of Holocaust survivor Micha Gelber's school talks in January 2017
The school visits of Holocaust survivor Mr Micha Gelber, the HKHTC's guest for the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, continues to receive extensive local media coverage. During his stay in Hong Kong in January, Mr Gelber spoke to thousands of students of different ages at local and international schools as well as universities.
|Jewish Times Asia's coverage of UN Holocaust Memorial Day event 2017
Our Holocaust Memorial Day event this year has received extensive media coverage, such as this article (click here, on page 8) which appears in Jewish Times Asia.
|SCMP Young Post's coverage of Holocaust survivor Micha Gelber's school talks in January 2017
In the beginning of 2017, the HKHTC have had wonderful press coverage for the visit of Dutch Holocaust survivor Micha Gelber. During his 9-day visit in Hong Kong in January, Mr Gelber toured 11 high schools and universities and addressed thousands of local and international students. Please click here to read the SCMP Young Post full-page article.
|Local media coverage of UN Holocaust Memorial Day event 2017
Mr Micha Gelber was the keynote speaker at the moving United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony on January 23rd at the Sai Ying Pun Community Complex. Local media provided extensive coverage of Micha's visit and the moving UNHMD 2017 ceremony, including this Hong Kong Economic Journal article.
|RTHK Interview with HKHTC's guest for the UN Holocaust Memorial Day 2017
Holocaust survivor Mr Micha Gelber, our guest for the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, has talked about his experiences of the various camps he was placed into during World War Two, and what this taught him about humanity on RTHK Radio 3 on January 19th. It can be listened here.
|The Post Magazine's coverage of HKHTC's events with Nobuki Sugihara, son of Righteous Among the Nations
We are delighted that our centre's events with Mr Nobuki Sugihara, son of the Japanese diplomat who saved many Jewish lives, and his family's heroic story during WWII are profiled in an in-depth article in the Post Magazine this weekend.
|Sunday Ming Pao's Coverage of Nobuki Sugihara's Visit
The HKHTC have had wonderful press coverage for the visit of Nobuki Sugihara, son of Righteous Among the Nations Chiune Sugihara. During his week-long visit in Hong Kong, Mr Sugihara toured 8 high schools and universities and addressed over 2000 students.
|Announcing the Winners: HKHTC's 2015 Art & Writing Contest
HKHTC is proud to announce the following student winners:
In the Visual Arts Category: Patrick Hawkey - Discovery College, for his sculpture illustrating Holocaust survivor Dan Pagis' iconic poem, "Written in Pencil in the Sealed Railway Car".
In the Performing Arts Category: Martha Chow and Wind Yuen - Sha Tin College, for their shadow dance commemorating the Armenian Genocide.
In the Writing Category: Juliet Leung - Heep Yunn School, for her creative short story on the Rwandan genocide.
We congratulate them as well as over 100 students from across 14 secondary schools in Hong Kong and Mainland China who participated in the 2015 Contest.
|Khamboly Dy, Head of Cambodia's Genocide Education Project, Tours HK Schools
As our recent guest in Hong Kong, Khamboly Dy toured several schools and spoke to Year 9-13 students on the history of the Cambodian genocide. At each session, students had the opportunity to ask questions (addressing elements of the genocide, the ideology of the Khmer Rouge, post-genocide reconciliation, among others).
Dr Khamboly Dy has worked for the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) where he coordinated the Genocide Education Project. He is the author of the first book for high school students in Cambodia about the Cambodian genocide entitled A History of Democratic Kampuchea. His work on this book was acknowledged by both national and international media, including the National Public Radio (NPR). Dr Dy recently received his PhD from the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers, Newark.
|HKHTC Lecture at China's Sun Yat-sen University
On March 26, 2015, HKHTC's Director of Education, Simon Goldberg delivered a lecture to some 50 undergraduates at China's Sun Yat-sen Unviersity, entitled "Foreshadowing the Holocaust: Antisemitism in European History". The lecture traced the origins and evolution of religious antisemitism in the Middle Ages, through the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. Simon also discussed the emergence of political antisemtism, and later, racial antisemitism in Europe.
A Q&A session with students followed, which focused mainly on the legacy of the Holocaust and issues around reconciliaton.
|HKIS Students Reflect on Sergeant Carrier's Visit
In a recent article for their school newspaper, HKIS students reflected on the visit of Sergeant Rick Carrier--liberator of Buchenwald and veteran of the Second World War--during which he addressed an estimated 800 students.
From their powerful words, it appears Sergeant Carrier's account sensitized them not only to the power and importance of first-hand testimony, but also to the complexity of that time in history. We hope the students will continue on their quest to learn more about the events and processes of the Second World War and the Holocaust.
|HKHTC Participates in Forum at Hong Kong Univeristy
On Wednesday, January 28, HKHTC Director of Education, Simon Goldberg, delivered a talk at the “Talking Genocides” forum organized by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Hong Kong University to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. 50 doctoral students and academics were in attendance.
Simon's talk dealt with the scholary discourse on Holocaust representation and issues within the field of comparative genocide studies. Fellow panelist and moderator, Dr Roland Vogt of HKU's Department of European Studies, addressed the role of the Holocaust in European political imagination and culture. Finally, Dr Facil Tesfaye of HKU's African Studies Department discussed the role of census data/statistics in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and its legacy for African politics and peacekeeping on the continent.
Dr Tesfaye's new book, Statisques(s) et génocide au Rwanda: La genèse d’un système de catégorisation génocidaire, was also launched on this occassion.
|Buchenwald Liberator, Sergeant Rick Carrier, Tours Hong Kong Schools
Alongside the United States Consulate in Hong Kong and Macau, the HKHTC arranged for Sergeant Carrier to address the following nine schools across the region: St. Stephens Girls’ College, Elsa High School, Kellett School, Po Leung Kok Laws Foundation College, Hong Kong International School, NLSI Lui Kwok Pat Fong College, Hong Kong University, Discovery College and Sha Tin College.
Sergeant Carrier spoke about his experience as a solider in the Second World War, recounted the liberation of Buchenwald, and shared his advice for fighting bigotry and intolerance today.
In total, 2,500 students (aged 12-22) were present for Sergeant Carrier’s talks.
|HKHTC Teachers' Workshop on Liberation
To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre will hosted its first-ever half-day teachers' workshop on themes relevant to the end of the Second World War and liberation.
The three talks included pedagogical methodologies for classroom use. Speakers were Simon Goldberg and Prof. Glenn Timmermans (Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of Macau) and Miguel Maneros De Lemos (Faculty of Law at University of Macau).
The workshop was attended by 45 secondary school and university educators from Hong Kong and Macao, representing the following faculties: History, English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.
|December 2014 HKHTC Film Festival Outreach Project (in affiliation with HJKFF)
Following the success of the past two years, we are excited to announce another year's partnership with the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival. This December, we are pleased to offer a wider selection of three films for screening at your school, two of which deal with the Holocaust specifically and the events of the Second World War more broadly, and one of which treats issues of racism and prejudice. We invite you to view the films' trailers below by clicking on each title:
This year, all three films will be available to screen throughout the month of December—at a time suitable for you. As in the past, we are happy to offer a workshop or post-screening discussion at your school, led by one of our educators.
For more details and to book a screening, contact Simon Goldberg at email@example.com.
|HKHTC Event Series for Read@ Polytechnic University 2014
We are pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition in partnership with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. From September 15 through October 30, students will interact with panels on Holocaust history, as well as information on other genocides, in the campus library.
Photos of the exhibition are online here.
This initiative is part PolyU's annual Read@ event series, which this year centers on John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pijamas. On October 7 students heard from Holocaust survivor Silvain Gilbert. On October 13 and 20, they will watch the film based on Boyne's book and partake in a post-screening discussion on the film.
|Sara Atzmon exhibition and visit - February-May 2014
The exhibition 'Surviving Evil' was extensively reported in the media.
Mrs Atzmon's visit to Macau was covered by the Portugese language paper hojemacau.
Please click here for photos of MrsAtzmon's visits to schools.
|Yom Hashoah - 27th April 2014
Our annual Yom Hashoah commemoration was held at the University Museum and Gallery, amongst the haunting and evocative paintings of Sara Atzmon.
Students from Li Po Chun College gave beautiful musical accompaniment to the readings and poetry.
Please click here for coverage in Jewish Times Asia.
|Surviving Evil- The Pictorial Landscape of Sara Atzmon Feb 25th - May 4th 2014
Please click here to see coverage of our exhibition at Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery.
We are delighted that this was featured in the Young South China Morning Post, since this is a very important target group for our educational mission.
This exhibition has also been covered by a column in the Hong Kong Ecomomic Journal, Ming Pao, Le Petit Journal, The House News and Xinhua Website as well as featured as 'pick of the day' in the SCMP listings and 24 hours. Here is its promonent listing in HK Magazine.
|United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day Event - January 27th
Our Holocaust Memorial Day event was a great sucess. Please click here to read about it in Jewish Times Asia.
|Olga Horak press coverage
We have had wonderful press coverage for the visit of Holocaust survivor Olga Horak, who toured 8 schools and addressed well over 2000 students.
Ming Pao - a Chinese daily and the Young SCMP covered her talk at La Salle College and Apple Daily published a wonderful interview.
|Article about the HKHTC in the New York Times
we are delighted to be profiled in an article in The New York Times
|Pearl TVB documentary featuring HKHTC Board member Silvain Gilbert
Silvain Gilbert, HKHTC Executive Board member and hidden child during the Holocaust, was interviewed on a Pearl TVB documentary about forgiveness and reconcilliation.
|An Oasis Of Survival and Hope
We have had a wonderful response from schools who wish to bring thier students along to the exhibition.
This has given pupils a unique opportunity to view the art and information and participate in question and answer sessions with members of the HKHTC Board as well as teachers, afterwards.
|An Oasis of Survival and Hope - exhibition in Central Hong Kong
Our exhibition in Central Hong Kong has created a lot of interest amongst the press and general public. Many people are stopping to read the exhibition panels, look at the wonderful student art and take a moment to reflect on the horrors of racism and intolerance that culminated in the Holocaust. View the exhibition panels by clicking this link
Here are some of the articles and radio interviews.
Teachers can nip prejudice in the bud SCMP column
We are also covered in the Chinese papers.
|The study of The Holocaust is expanding world wide - Including China
Later this year AHO, the world’s biggest Holocaust association, is to stage China’s first international conference on the topic in Harbin. The north-eastern city once had a thriving Jewish community, but a more important stimulant for local interest in the conference will be parallels to be drawn, rightly or wrongly, between the Holocaust and Japanese wartime atrocities. The Imperial Japanese Army used the city for experiments on humans, including vivisection and dropping anthrax from low-flying planes, killing an estimated 400,000 people.
Read more about this through the link below
|Jewish Times Asia: HKHTC Organizaes Visit by Yad VaShem's Alan Rosen at Hong Kong Jewish Community Centre
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"The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre organised a lecture at the Hong Kong Jewish Community Centre by esteemed scholar Dr Alan Rosen on Testimony, Literature and the Holocaust. The event was well attended by community members and many students from local colleges.
One student Fernanda Lai from Li Po Chun United World College Graduating Student provided some insights from the lecture. ‘Why Literature?’ This was the question Dr Alan Rosen posed to us at the beginning of the talk.
History addresses what has happened, literature addresses what could have been. History tries for clarity in language, yet in literature language is viscous, making it conspicuous by its use. The purpose of Holocaust literature, if well taught, “was to break the hearts of students.”
The seminar by Dr Alan Rosen was an insightful experience into Jewish culture as well as a watershed moment in history. By looking at the representation of the Holocaust in poetry, memoirs and diaries, we learnt the “vocabulary of the Holocaust,” and what parts of the language are made conspicuous through the literature, and the role the literature plays in commemorating the Holocaust."
|HKHTC Concerned with Hitler chic
The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (HKHTC) is concerned about the growing popularity of using Adolf Hitler and other Nazi symbols as cultural icons in Thailand. As an organization dedicated to promoting Holocaust education in Asia, we see this trend as the result of a lack of effective education and awareness of the Second World War and the Holocaust.
[Photo: http://www.wiesenthal.com ]
|Holocaust Remembrance, China Daily
|Holocaust centre aims to educate the young
Education centre to open at Elsa High will warn of the dangers of hate and intolerance. A Holocaust education centre is to open in Hong Kong and aims to become a resource hub for the region. The centre - temporarily located at Elsa High, the Jewish high school in Shau Kei Wan - will focus on educating about the massacre of more than six million Jews by the Nazi regime during the second world war.
|UN Holocaust Memorial Day Concert 27th Jan 2013
We had radio shows on RTHK highlighting our Holocaust Memorial Day Concert on January 27th. Phil Wheelan on Radio 3 met our pianist Allan Sternfield Stacy Rhodda on Radio 4 discusses music from the Holocaust on her Sunday show and meets Allan Sternfield. Jewish Times Asia profiles our Concert.
|Reflections from an unlikely witness - The Times of Israel
A Protestant woman from Hong Kong joins the 2012 March of the Living to ‘feel’ the Holocaust, not just remember.