We are a purely voluntary organisation dedicated to Holocaust education, the preservation of memory and to ensure that lessons of tolerance can be learnt so that this may never happen again. Every year we organise Annual Ceremonies for UN Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27th), and Yom Hashoah. We also host visits from Holocaust survivors and talks by visiting academics. We sponsor films at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Jewish Film Festival, and we take these around schools. We support teaching staff in schools with materials and guidance. We were established by a group of motivated Hong Kong-based individuals who have been touched indirectly or directly by the Holocaust, and appreciate its historical importance and tremendous educational significance. Our first priority is to educate students and teachers on this difficult topic, with a view to creating a better, more tolerant society. East Asia has never had such an organisation and we are honoured to pioneer these efforts with the support of many like-minded organisations around the world. We welcome anyone who can contribute with their time, ideas or financial support.
Jeremy Amias Founder & Co-Chair
Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre
The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (HKHTC) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion, across Asia, of education and awareness of the Holocaust. Our goal is to become an international resource centre for scholars, teachers, students and the general public, through the creation and accessibility of locally relevant material in English, Chinese and other regional languages. The HKHTC actively promotes conferences, workshops, exhibits and remembrance events that use the lessons of history to prevent anti-Semitism, discrimination and genocide, as a way to advance tolerance and understanding among people, in order to make a positive contribution to our society and future generations.
The principal organisation in Asia devoted to Holocaust education.
The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre was founded in 2011. The Resource Centre was officially opened in May 2012.
Since its inception, HKHTC representatives have visited more than 50 Local and International schools in Hong Kong. This includes screenings of Holocaust related films and visits with Holocaust survivors who have shared their experiences with pupils. In addition, our Board members have been guest speakers at special assemblies and we have assisted teachers with curriculum-related enquiries.
The HKHTC has also held two outstanding public exhibitions, organised lectures and hosted visiting academics who have run Holocaust themed seminars. Other activities to date include running annual commemorative events for the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day and Yom HaShoah. We are full members of The Association Of Holocaust Organisations which links us with major Holocaust education and survivor organisations globally.
In 2018, the HKHTC appointed public historian and peace educator Simon K. Li to be Executive Director. Simon came to the Centre in 2016 from a Hong Kong-based higher education institute, where he was a Senior Lecturer and served as Head of General Education. He researched at the University of Leicester and has been a commissioned guest editor of the UK-based academic journal Asian Education and Development Studies. His current work is focused on Holocaust education in Asia, the scholarship of teaching and learning about genocide, and the incorporation of film into the study of the Holocaust. He is dedicated to working with universities and schools in Asia to combat all kinds of prejudice. Simon has degrees in history from Queen’s University, Canada.
A vital aspect of our work is outreach to schools in Hong Kong
We offer screenings of specially selected films for schools, from the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival. This is a novel and effective way of educating students about the Holocaust and encouraging further enquiry into the subject.We can also provide a speaker to introduce the film and run a Q and A session afterwards.
We are also working to assist schools in fulfilling their OLE commitments to the NSS Curriculum, and can provide speakers who can talk to the students about the Holocaust and tolerance. We have a Child Holocaust Survivor on our Board who is able to address students about his experiences.
The HKHTC is developing various travelling exhibitions that can be booked by schools. We have a generic exhibition about the Holocaust, as well as ones on specific themes such as Righteous Gentile – Raul Wallenberg,The Jews of Shanghai and about the life and work of Janusz Korczak. Many of these will be bilingual.
Our next project is to develop lesson plans and teachers guides on Holocaust related themes, as they fit into the Hong Kong Government schools curriculum, as well as IB and other school curricula.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can tailor an exhibition or lesson plan to fit your requirements.