As the Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaSahoah) is approaching in April, Hong Kong’s Apple Daily speaks with HKHTC Executive Director & Columbia University’s Historical Dialogue Fellow Simon Li on how wartime Shanghai saved more than 20,000 Jews from the Holocaust and the role of Hong Kong in this forgotten episode of history. (Content in Chinese only)
Click here to read the story and view the video report.
Yom HaShoah 2021/5781 Remembering Music’s Saving Powers at Auschwitz
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch OBE is one of the dwindling number of men and women still living who survived Auschwitz. She was taken to the camp but escaped the gas chambers because of her ability to play the cello, and went on to become a founding member of the English Chamber Orchestra.
On this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ms Lasker-Wallfisch shared with us her unique story of how playing the cello saved her life.
HKHTC mourns the victims of the horrific series of shootings in Atlanta, Georgia. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the victims, as well as those of Asian descent throughout the United States. With the challenges of handling the Coronavirus pandemic exposing divisions and prejudices throughout society, this brutal attack reminds us of the continued necessity for tolerance education. It is imperative that we further strengthen efforts to teach the importance of non-discrimination, while promoting peaceful co-existence among peoples of different backgrounds.
March 17 at 7:30PM HKT | “Technology and The Future of Holocaust Education in Asia” Webinar
What role can technology play in the future of Holocaust and tolerance education in Asia?
Join USC Shoah Foundation Finci-Viterbi Executive Director, Stephen Smith and HKHTC Executive Director and Columbia University’s Historical Dialogue Fellow, Simon K. Li as they discuss the ways in which we can fight hate and teach empathy, understanding and respect in this digital age.
In honour of HKHTC’s 10th Anniversary we proudly present “Dimensions: Insights to the Past, Present and Future of Lessons from the Holocaust” Webinar Series.
As we begin the Lunar New Year, HKHTC has curated this new webinar series featuring special speakers such as Dr. Edith Eva Eger, Holocaust Survivor and world-renowned Psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen D. Smith, USC Shoah Foundation Finci-Viterbi Executive Director, Ms. Anita Lasker-Wallfisch MBE, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen survivor and cellist, and Germany’s inaugural Federal Government Commissioner for the fight against Anti-Semitism, Dr. Felix Klein. A full list of this webinar series can be found in the poster. Join us via
“The Ballerina of Auschwitz”: A Historic Morning with Dr. Edith Eva Eger
The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (HKHTC) in partnership with Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK) are delighted to virtually host award-winning author, eminent psychologist and Auschwitz Survivor Dr. Edith Eva Eger as a special webinar guest on this occasion. Dr. Eger will share her remarkable story of survival against all odds and her powerful tips for coping through uncertain times.
Friday, February 26, 2021 Programme 09:30 AM HKT, Close 10:30 AM HKT
In the academic year of 2020-21, 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.
The annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day is designated by the United Nations as a commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. To mark this event, the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre hosted a virtual commemoration featuring Mr Eddie Jaku (100 year-old Auschwitz survivor, award-Winning author and speaker) as a special guest.
In the next Hong Kong Book Fair (dates TBC in 2021), HKHTC Executive Director Simon Li will present “Strange Haven: Forgotten Stories of Jewish Refugees Who Escaped to Wartime Shanghai from Nazi Europe” (猶太人逃難戰時上海: 猶太大屠殺歷史被遺忘的那些事). The Hong Kong Book Fair is a major event attended by roughly one million people each year. We are delighted that our talk last time attracted a standing room only crowd, further underlining the importance and universality of HKHTC’s messaging. By presenting in Cantonese, we aim to continue to connect with local members of the Hong Kong community, including many who previously had no significant exposure to the Holocaust. HKHTC is grateful to the Consulate of Israel in Hong Kong & Macau for arranging the talk. Further details will be circulated soon.
In November 2020, March of the Living commemorated the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht with a message of unity and hope through a unique international campaign. Titled “Let There Be Light,” March of the Living invited individuals, institutions, and houses of worship around the world to keep their lights on during the night of November 9 as a symbol of solidarity and mutual commitment in the shared battle against antisemitism, racism, hatred, and intolerance. As part of this virtual initiative, people from all over the world were able to add their voices to the campaign. HKHTC joined the effort to call individuals of all religions and backgrounds to write personal messages of hope in their own words at the campaign website: www.motl.org/let-there-be-light