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Japanese Documentary Filmmaker Tamaki Matsuoka Discussed Her Nanjing Massacre Film with Director of Education Simon Li
Well-respected Japanese documentary filmmaker Tamaki Matsuoka and Director of Education Simon Li discussed her lifetime work on the Nanjing Massacre and her documentary Torn Memories of Nanjing. Ms Matsuoka is dedicated to educate the Japanese […]
As the world marks the 72nd anniversary of the A-bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Director of Education Simon K. Li interviewed with Mr Kim, a 91-year-old Korean victim of atomic bombs, in Seoul, along with […]
Korean Atomic Bomb Victims Association’s Director & HKHTC Director Discussed Cases of Korean Hiroshima Victims
On the eve of the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Director of Education Simon Li met with Mr Sim Jintae, the Director of the Korean Atomic Bomb Victims Association in South […]
In summer 2017, Director of Education Simon Li visited the UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) in South Korea. Mr Li met with Ms Anna Chung, the APCEIU’s Head of External Relations, […]
Secretary-General of the History NGO Forum for Peace in East Asia and HKHTC Director Discussed Peace Education in Asia
HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li met with Mr Kang Sungho, Secretary-General of the History NGO Forum for Peace in East Asia, which recently organized the 7th International NGO Conference on History and Peace (in […]
This July, one of the few remaining Korean comfort women survivors Ms Kim gun-ja passed away shortly before HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li arrived in Seoul. Mr Li was invited to attend her memorial […]
This July, Director of Education Simon K. Li visited the Museum of Sexual Slavery by Japanese Military and met with Mr Jeong Ho-cheol of its International Outreach Team. They had an in-depth discussion on the “comfort women” issue in Korea. […]
Seoul-based War & Women’s Human Rights Museum & HKHTC Director Discussed How They Teach Wartime History of Sex Slaves
In South Korea, the co-director of the War & Women’s Human Rights Museum Ms Mee-hyang Yoon and HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li met to exchange ideas on how South Korea and Hong Kong teach […]
Victims of Indiscriminate Bombing & Chinese WWII Forced Labourers Discussed Their Wartime Experience with HKHTC Director in Beijing
In Beijing, HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li interviewed Mr Gao Xiongfei, who lost his arm during the Japanese military’s indiscriminate bombing of Yongan City. He also listened to the painful stories of the 92-year-old Mr Li […]
Unit 731 Museum’s Vice Curator and HKHTC Director Discussed the History of Biological and Chemical Warfare in WWII China
The Unit 731 Museum’s Vice Curator Professor Yang Yanjun (楊彥君教授) and HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li had meaningful meetings on teaching the history of biological and chemical warfare during WWII at the old human […]
Director of Education Simon Li Networked with Unit 731 Museum in Harbin as Visiting Delegate Educator This July
HKHTC Director of Education Simon K. Li was a visiting delegate educator this July at the 731 Museum in Harbin. Many students that HKHTC engaged with in the past school year were particularly interested in […]
Director of Education Simon Li visited the John Rabe House in Nanjing and met with the House’s director Mr Yang Shangyou. They had a fruitful discussion on pedagogical approaches to teaching about the rescuers during […]
In Nanjing this summer, HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li interviewed one of the few remaining Nanjing Massacre survivors Ms Ai Yiying (艾義英), who witnessed the bloody atrocities in her village when she was 9. […]
Ginling Women’s College professor and HKHTC Director Discussed Minnie Vautrin’s Work on the Historic Campus
On July 17, HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li discussed about Minnie Vautrin and Ginling Women’s College (金陵女子大學) at the actual campus site with the college’s Nanjing Massacre expert researcher Prof Qi Chunfeng (齊春風教授).
During WWII, […]
Director of Education Simon Li visited the world’s first “comfort women” house in Shanghai. Former sex slaves would be a more historically accurate term as they were only euphemistically referred by the Japanese government as […]
HKHTC Director Visited Quzhou Hospital that Cured Victims of the Japanese Military’s Anthrax Attack in WWII
Director of Education Simon Li visited a major hospital in Quzhou, where the Japanese germ warfare took place in World War II. Many victims of the anthrax attack have suffered from rotten feet for decades. […]
HKHTC Director of Education Simon K. Li met with Professor Lee (李聖順所長), Director of the Korea Chongshindae’s Institute, in Gyeonggi-do. The two researchers discussed the history of Korean women drafted for military sexual slavery by […]
HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li met with Professor Chen Lifei (co-author of Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves, UBC Press, 2014) of the Chinese “Comfort Women” History Museum at the Shanghai […]
HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li recently visited an elderly hospital in Quzhou, China to meet with Mr and Mrs Fang, victims of the Japanese germ warfare, to discuss their painful experiences during the anthrax […]
President of the New Jersey-Alliance for Learning and Preserving the History of WWII in Asia Visited HKHTC
Mr Don Tow, President of the New Jersey-Alliance for Learning and Preserving the History of WWII in Asia, visited our Director of Education’s office on July 11, 2017. Mr Tow and Mr Simon Li had […]
On June 22, Director of Education Simon Li was invited by Nord Anglia International School to deliver two workshops on the Holocaust towards all Year 9 students. The workshops examined the Holocaust through its victims, […]
HKHTC continues to broaden its reach. HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li has served as a visiting educator at the Anne Frank House in
Amsterdam this spring. During his academic visit, Mr Li and the […]
In late May 2017, HKHTC’s Director of Education Simon Li and the Director of European Association of History Educators (EUROCLIO) Jonathan Evan-Zohar met together in The Hague to discuss strategies that can help history educators in Asia […]
In May 2017, HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li and the Director of the Humanity House Ms Lisette Mattaar had a fruitful meeting in The Hague to discuss peace education in East Asia and the […]
In May 2017, Simon Li, (HKHTC Director of Education and Anne Frank House’s Visiting Educator), Ephraim Kaye (Yad Vashem’s Director of International Seminars for Educators) and Glenn Timmermans (University of Macau’s Professor and HKHTC Board […]
In May 2017, the HKHTC arranged for Holocaust survivor Mr Henry Friedman to address the local schools in Hong Kong. Accompanied by HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li, the 89-year-old Polish survivor spoke about how […]
HKHTC was proud to host a dialogue seminar with our guest Holocaust survivor Henry Friedman at the University of Hong Kong’s SPACE campus on May 22, 2017. It was a full house with dynamic audience […]
Holocaust Survivor Micha Gelber Met with Director of Education Simon Li at Rotterdam’s Memorial for Jewish Children
The Joods Kindermonument is a children memorial site in Rotterdam which commemorates the deaths of 686 Jewish children who were killed by the Nazis. In Spring 2017, Director of Education Simon Li (Visiting Educator, Anne […]
As the Amsterdam-based Anne Frank House’s Visiting Educator, HKHTC’s Director of Education Simon Li visited the Westerbork camp, which was a WWII Nazi detention and transit camp in Hooghalen, on the Liberation Day (Dutch: Bevrijdingsdag). […]
In April 2017, secondary students from Yew Chung International School (YCIS) came to the HKHTC resource centre to participate in a workshop delivered by Director of Education Simon Li on the Auschwitz concentration camp. This […]
In March 2017, Director of Education Simon Li presented teacher-training sessions to educators on the important skills to teach the Holocaust in an age-appropriate manner.
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 […]
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. […]
In the beginning of 2017, the HKHTC arranged for Holocaust survivor Mr Micha Gelber to address the following 11 schools across the region: West Island School, Harrow International School, Island School, French International School, Baptist Lui Ming […]
In our joint event with the Jewish Community Centre on 17 January 2017, Micha Gelber, survivor of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, shared his incredible story of survival during the Holocaust.
ABOUT MICHA GELBER
Micha Gelber was born in Ede […]
Simon Li, a Canadian-trained historian who speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English, was appointed HKHTC’s Director of Education in 2016. Simon has extensive knowledge about genocide and he previously was Senior Lecturer at a higher education […]
The November 2016 visit to Hong Kong by Mr Slawomir Grunberg, director of Karski & the Lords of Humanity, was impactful. HKHTC screened this Holocaust documentary at The University of Hong Kong with Mr Grunberg […]
This fall, HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li visited Creative Secondary School. Two classes of students from 13 – 14 years benefited from the HKHTC’s visit, which gave an informative, age-appropriate insight into the life […]
In November 2016, HKHTC partnered with the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival (HKJFF) to organize a visit to Hong Kong by Dr Erez Pery, both a scholar and the director of the award-winning film The Interrogation, […]
Veteran journalists Cable TV’s Fanny Fung, Next Magazine’s Jophy Sin, a journalist from the ethnic media JB Pun Magar, and the HKU honorary lecturer in journalism Pui-king Chan visited our Resource Centre in Shau Kei Wan in November. HKHTC Director […]
This fall, we were proud to sponsor the following Holocaust films as part of the 17th Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival. They were shown at local and international schools as well as universities around Hong Kong:
Karski and the Lords of Humanity […]
On January 19, 2017, HKHTC and the Hong Kong Baptist University organized a public event “Lesson on Life and Peace: The Extraordinary Story of Holocaust Survivor Micha Gelber” with Dutch Holocaust survivor Micha Gelber, HKBU professor Emilie […]
Since the new semester began this fall, our Director of Education Simon Li has visited many local and international schools to give Holocaust workshops for students of different ages. In October 2016, he ran a Year 6 […]
During this first semester of 2016-17, Director of Education Simon Li gave a 90-minute workshop to more than 180 students at C.C.C Rotary Secondary School on genocide, followed by the showing of a short film […]
This September, HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li was sponsored by the Adelson Family Foundation to attend a Holocaust educators’ seminar at Yad Vashem, the world’s Holocaust remembrance centre in Jerusalem. During this seminar, Simon […]
On January 17, 2017, HKHTC and the Univeristy of Hong Kong hosted a very well-attended talk “Micha Gelber: A Dutch Survival Story of the Holocaust” with Holocaust survivor Micha Gelber, HKU professor Roland Vogt, and Simon Li, HKHTC […]
The HKHTC’s newly-appointed director of education Simon Li, a public historian and a university academic before joining the centre, visited the youngest Holocaust survivor from Schindler’s List in Israel this fall. Before moving to Israel and establishing […]
It was with great honour that we welcomed Mr Nobuki Sugihara, son of Consul Chiune Sugihara, a Righteous Among the Nations, for our September events. Mr. Sugihara spent a week in Hong Kong, from September 18th – September […]
On 12 September 2016, we were delighted to co-organize a public screening and discussion event with the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts, and eSRT in Law, Language, Literature of the University of Hong Kong (HKU):
On Monday 23rd May, a group of twenty local Church leaders visited the HKHTC Resource Centre.
Director of Education, Ben Freeman, presented on the history of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust for nearly two hours. They discussed […]
We were honoured that Dr. Ephraim Kaye, of the International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, visited Hong Kong on Friday 20th of May.
Accompanied by HKHTC Director of Education, Dr. Kaye visited Discovery College and Discovery Bay […]
On Tuesday 15th March, HKHTC Director of Education, Ben Freeman, visited Li Po Chun United World College to discuss the issue of Genocide.
Ben and the class discussed the concepts of Genocide and how the Holocaust fits into […]
As part of the European Film Festival we were proud to have partnered with the Consulate of Hungary in Hong Kong and Macao, the European Union Film Festival and the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival to […]
For Holocaust Memorial Day HKHTC hosted Dov Landau, a Holocaust survivor from Israel. From the 26th of January to the 2nd of February Dov visited nine different schools & universities speaking to over a thousand students about his […]
HKHTC Director of Education, Ben Freeman, ran workshops at Chinese International School discussing the Spanish Inquisition and the Jewish festival of Chanukah.
He also gave specials in Hebrew language helping the students learn about Jewish culture. […]
On Saturday 12th December, at the Anatolia Cultural & Dialogue Centre, Ben Freeman gave a lecture on the history of the Holocaust as well as the importance of learning the lessons of history.
After Ben’s lecture there […]
Hannah Lessing’s Visit: Book Presentation and Discussion of Memories – Lifestories of Victims of National Socialism
Since 2011, the Austrian National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism has published the book series: “Lives Remembered. Life Stories of Victims of National Socialism”. With this, the National Fund […]
Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria and of the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism, visits Hong Kong
In partnership with the Austrian Consulate General in Hong Kong we were delighted to welcome Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria and of the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism, […]
HKHTC was thrilled to launch two units of resources – The Lessons of The Holocaust & Treatment of Gay Men by the Nazis – in collaboration with From Yesterday For Tomorrow at a teacher […]
On June 1st, HKHTC hosted Dr David Silberklang (Senior Historian, Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research) at Hong Kong University for its last teachers’ workshop of the 2014-2015 academic year.
Dr Silberklang’s talk was entitled: […]
On May 13th, HKHTC premiered Watchers of the Sky in Hong Kong:
WATCHERS OF THE SKY interweaves four stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael […]
Jackie Metzger, Instructor at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies, Returns to Hong Kong
On his second visit to Hong Kong, Holocaust educator Jackie Metzger, of Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies, addressed both secondary school students and teachers on themes relevant to Holocaust poetry.
Jackie Metzger made aliyah from South Africa […]
On March 25, 2015, HKHTC and the HKU Law Faculty hosted a special screening of Auf Wiedersehen, ‘Til We Meet Again.
In this compelling and often funny tale of recovery and renewal, author and activist Linda G. Mills is propelled by […]
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 […]
On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the HKHTC marked 2015 International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a special programme co-sponsored by the United States Consulate in Hong Kong and Macau. Some 400 Jewish and […]
In the months of September-November 2014, the HKHTC partnered with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on an exhibition and event series around The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, this year’s choice for Read@PolyU. The exhibition in […]
As our guest in Hong Kong, Mrs Atzmon visited 9 schools and Universities in Hong Kong and Macau, talking to well over 1000 students.
The schools visited ranged from International schools and Band 1 local schools, […]
The HKHTC was delighted to jointly host two exhibitions, in collaboration with Hong Kong University and the Goethe-Institut HongKong of the artwork of renowned Holocaust survivor and artist Sara Atzmon.
Mrs. Atzmon’s Holocaust-themed work was on display from […]
This years Yom Hashoah ceremony took place at the University Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Hong Kong, Bonham Road.
This unique memorial event was held amongst the paintings of survivor and artist Sara Atzmon who addressed […]
The HKHTC were delighted to be invited to Maryknoll Convent to educate 800 students about the Holocaust.
One of our Educational Committe members, Dr Martin Chung delivered the lecture and answered questions from students afterwards.
The students […]
On April 4th, Dr Florian Knothe, Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery, gave a guided visit and lecture about the paintings of Sara Atzmon, was exhibiting her art at the Museum in conjunction with the […]
The Sara Atzmon Exhibition was officially opened at the Goethe-Institut Hongkong on 2nd April and closed on 3rd May.
This exhibition was running in parallel with Mrs Atzmon’s exhibition at the University Museum and Art Gallery at the University of […]
We were delighted to welcome to Hong Kong, artist and Holocaust survivor Sara Atzmon, who opened her exhibition ‘Surviving Evil- the Pictorial Landscape of Sara Atzmon’ on 25th February at Hong Kong University Museum and Gallery.
Kimberly Mann, Manager of the United Nations Holocaust Outreach Programme, officially opened our Exhibition An Oasis Of Survival and Hope, in Central Market.
The event was attended by VIPS, Consuls-General, the students and parents of participating pupils […]
21st October 2013 – Schools visits from Kimberly Mann-Manager of the United Nations Holocaust Outreach Programme
Kimberley Mann from the UN visited two Hong Kong schools, Li Po Chun and French International School. She spoke about the role of the United Nations in education and commemorating the Holocaust.
She also spoke to the Education […]
HKHTC Board Members represented us at this wonderful occasion, attended by UNESCO and Government officials, representatives from Religious and Communal organisations, Consulates and other relevant bodies.
It was followed by a panel discussion – In what […]
On 31st August we were delighted to welcome Dan Michman from Yad Vashem. Professor Michman is Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studies.
Professor Michman has been involved […]
Dr Alan Rosen earned his PhD in literature and religion at Boston University where he studied under the supervision of renowned Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Founding Chairman of the United States Holocaust […]
The theme of this years Yom HaShoah ceremony was ‘Maintaining Humanity’ In collaboration with the Tsofim of Hong Kong, we held our annual ceremony at the Jewish Community Centre, using music, poetry and readings to […]
To commemorate the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day the HKHTC held a memorial concert titled “Music from the Ashes” at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. The concert featured musicians from Hong […]
As part of the Hong Kong Jewish film festival, we screened two films, the “Heart Of Auschwitz” and “The Last flight of Petr Ginz,” to more than 700 local school children at more than 11 […]
Guest speaker and Head of Education at Yad Vashem – Ephraim Kaye, addressed students and academics at Hong Kong University in a joint lecture organised by the HKHTC and the University’s Modern Languages department. […]
The Resource Centre was officially inaugurated on May 14th 2012, during a ceremony at Elsa High School, Shau Kei Wan. Former Israeli Chief Rabbi and Child Holocaust Survivor, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, attended the event […]
The HKHTC’s newly-appointed director of education Simon Li, a public historian and a university academic before joining the centre, visited the youngest Holocaust survivor from Schindler’s List in Jerusalem this fall. Before moving to Israel and establishing […]
We took the film Hana and her Suitacase around 13 schools in Hong Kong for special screenings that were presented by her brother George.The film enthralled students and along with the presentation by her brother, […]
In our first event as the HKHTC, we welcomed Steven Smith, Head of the Shoah Foundation at the University of Southern California. Mr Smith spoke at the Jewish Community Centre, about the importance of Holocaust […]