Annual update 2020-2021
HKHTC Reaching 10-year Milestone
Facing Survival: A Conversation with Eddie Jaku | UN Holocaust Memorial Day 2021
Dear HKHTC Friends,
We hope this update finds you and yours healthy and well.
While 2020 was a challenging and unpredictable year, it was also one of important achievements for HKHTC. Despite school closures, we increased our online presence and generated high-quality virtual programming, and significantly expanded our geographic reach throughout Asia and beyond. This year, 2021, marks HKHTC’s 10-year anniversary, a major milestone for our organization. As we begin a new year of activity, we will continue to build on our signature educational programmes and focus on new exciting initiatives.
Pioneering Holocaust education in Asia for a time without survivors
Survivor testimony is an unparalleled resource for our work and educational mission. We began 2021 with a virtual commemoration of the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day. The event featured a moving discussion with 100-year-old survivor Eddie Jaku, an accomplished author and prolific speaker. Eddie shared his incredible story of survival and perseverance in a special dialogue with HKHTC Executive Director, Simon Li. Our UNHMD video has been viewed by over 6,000 people. If you have not had an opportunity to watch it, you may view it here.
Preserving and sharing survivor testimony is a bedrock of our work and the most effective way to teach about the Holocaust. As we prepare for a time without survivors, we plan to introduce cutting-edge technology to deliver survivor testimony in an effective, impactful way. Through this new platform, presented in partnership with the USC-Shoah Foundation, founded by Steven Spielberg, we will leverage our unique Holocaust education approach and reach thousands more across Asia.
Expanding impact through global partnerships and reach
In order to provide quality Holocaust education, we have substantially expanded partnerships with leading global organisations, including Yad Vashem, Asia Society Hong Kong, Anne Frank House, Facing History and Ourselves, and the USC-Shoah Foundation. Through our partnership with Yad Vashem, we delivered a series of online training workshops for educators from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and even Turkey! This past year we trained over 400 educators throughout Asia and engaged with over 11,000 students across 50 schools and colleges. Our programmes are often the first time these students and educators meet a survivor or learn about the Holocaust.
Through tailored bi-lingual educational workshops we have built a large network of educators who look to us as they plan Holocaust education programmes for their students. One such event was the international exhibit of Stars Without a Heaven: Children in the Holocaust — a special event organized with St Stephen’s College and in cooperation with Yad Vashem, which engaged over 900 students.
As we begin 2021, we plan to build on these successful partnerships and expand our programmes to other parts of China, Taiwan, Macau, and Singapore. In addition we will continue our role as the leading Asian organization to increase public awareness about the Holocaust through exhibits, discussions, and film screenings. For example, we have curated a new webinar series featuring special speakers such as Dr. Edith Eva Eger, Holocaust Survivor and world-renowned Psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation, and Germany’s inaugural Federal Government Commissioner for the fight against Anti-Semitism, Dr. Felix Klein. A full list of this webinar series and all our activities can be found on our website: https://www.hkhtc.org
Sadly, 2020 did not bring any respite in antisemitism and intolerance. Our work has become increasingly relevant. With racism and hatred on the rise, promoting Holocaust awareness and tolerance is more important than ever before. With your help, we can bring the lessons of the Holocaust and the message of tolerance to thousands more across Asia.
As a privately-funded non-profit charity, we rely on donor support to keep our work going. We very much hope you will be able to support our important mission and would be grateful for any contribution.
Below is information on making tax-deductible donations in Hong Kong and the US. If you have any questions about our work, please feel free to contact us. We would be delighted to speak. Thank you!
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Paypal (processing fee will be charged to HKHTC):
Donations by cheque can be made to: The HK H & T Resource Centre Ltd
Donations by bank transfer to: The HK H & T Resource Centre Ltd (please use this exact wording)
Citibank HK$: 250 390 68570058
Citibank US$: 250 390 68570074
US tax-deductible donations: Please contact us for details
In October 2020, HKHTC presented an acclaimed international exhibition — Stars Without a Heaven: Children in the Holocaust — a special project organised with St Stephen’s College (SSC) and in cooperation with Yad Vashem. The college’s 900+ students attended the exhibition throughout the week.
TED Bursa College in Turkey invited HKHTC Executive Director Simon K. Li to present a special online lecture on the Holocaust for their IB students and faculty. Students who attended are 15-16 years old and they are currently reading Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer-winning book Maus.
Working with local Hong Kong Government officials, Consul General Ahuva Spieler of the State of Israel in Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR and consular staff from other countries, HKHTC led the effort to remove prominent swastika graffiti from a heavily trafficked area in Hong Kong. This demonstrates HKHTC’s dual role in action – providing Holocaust education and taking action against instances of intolerance and hatred in our local community.