On 2 March 2017, HKHTC’s Director of Education Simon Li addressed near 200 students at the Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School. Besides discussing the Holocaust, the Shanghai refuge, a little-documented chapter of the Holocaust, was also explored.
In February 2017, HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li lectured on Holocaust Denial in the Chinese University’s MA programme in Comparative and Public History. A number of local media professionals also sat in Mr Li’s lectures.
In February, our Holocaust Centre was delighted to co-organize a free community screening of Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War and a public discussion event with the film’s co-executive producer Deanna Byck in Hong Kong. It was truly encouraging to see that many of our young generations from diverse ethnic backgrounds were in our audience to learn about a remarkably heroic story during the Holocaust.
On 23 January 2017, the Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre marked the International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a moving, inspiring ceremony at the Community Hall in Sai Ying Pun. Many Jewish and local community members were in attendance, as were more than 30 diplomats and dignitaries, including The Hon. Tung Chee-hwa and The Hon. Donald Tsang, both former Chief Executives of Hong Kong, and Ms Florence Hui, the Under Secretary for Home Affairs of the HKSAR Government. We were honoured that Micha Gelber, an 81-year-old Dutchman who lived through the Holocaust, travelled from the Netherlands to Hong Kong to share his story of survival with us.
Please click here for more photos from our UN Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 event and you can also watch a video of the evening on our Facebook page.
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.
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.
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.
The 4-page feature story, which can be accessed here, is published in the 13 November 2016 edition of the Sunday Morning Post.
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.
The Sunday edition of Ming Pao, a well-respected and widely-circulated Chinese daily, covered Mr Sugihara’s meeting with students from the Harrow International School Hong Kong at the venue of our centre’s “Asian Righteous Among the Nations” Exhibition on the University of Hong Kong campus. Please click here to read the Sunday Ming Pao feature article in Chinese.