Yom HaShoah 2020 – Virtual Commemoration

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Every year, we come together in Hong Kong to remember and honour those who perished in the Holocaust. Even though we are all social-distancing amid COVID-19, we can utilise online platforms to come together virtually as we remember and pay tribute in this year’s Yom HaShoah.

The Yom HaShoah 2020 virtual commemoration took on April 20 at 7:30pm on our social media platform. It can be watched here to remember and pay tribute.

HKHTC Presentation for Genocide Awareness Month is now available online!

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HKHTC was honoured to participate in the 24-Hour Virtual Global Vigil hosted by the #TogetherWeRemember Coalition on April 30th to mark the conclusion of Genocide Awareness Month. Over a 24 hour cycle, the vigil featured content about genocides from 33 major organisations in 17 countries around the world, including Bosnia & Herzegovina, Poland, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Argentina, Spain, Turkey, Mauritius, Macedonia, Guinea, Uganda, and the United States. As Asia’s largest and most active organization dedicated to Holocaust awareness, HKHTC kicked off this global event with a unique Asia-based perspective.

Our one hour programme was led by HKHTC’s Executive Director, Simon Li, who spoke live to viewers about HKHTC’s work on Holocaust education, Asian Righteous Among the Nations, and the Jewish Ghetto in Shanghai during the Holocaust. Simon also shared details about the Nanjing massacre, the Cambodian genocide, and other recent atrocities in Asia. As part of HKHTC’s presentation, Hong Kong-based Cambodian Genocide survivor Emilie Tran shared her family’s story and the chilling experiences of other survivors. The event has been viewed over 10,000 times and demonstrates HKHTC’s expanding role in providing Holocaust, genocide and tolerance education. Given the proliferation of racism and discrimination in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is as critical as ever to understand the tragic consequences of intolerance through online events such as this.

HKHTC’s portion of the event commences at 1:01:45 of the following link:

As always, we value your continued support and hope you will join us in participating in HKHTC’s future programming.

Statement on Coronavirus-related incidents of discrimination and violence

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The Coronavirus outbreak poses a grave health risk to millions of people across the globe. Authorities have imposed unprecedented restrictions to ordinary life to reduce the rate of infections. This disease threatens not only its victims and their loved ones, as well as the ability of health systems to treat the sick, but it also runs the risk of damaging the core values that underpin society.

The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (“HKHTC”) is concerned about – and strongly condemns – the large number of incidents in different countries of Coronavirus-related discrimination, stereotyping and physical violence. People have been attacked in the streets, school-children bullied and online, racist vitriol is rampant.

In these intensely testing times, it is imperative to remember that a disease knows no boundaries and does not distinguish among people. It affects ALL HUMANS regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, national, social or cultural backgrounds.

This disease will not be overcome by blame, prejudice and hatred, which will exacerbate the challenges we all face. It can only be fought effectively in an effort BY ALL to temporarily minimise social contact, by strictly adhering to good hygiene and enabling the world’s leading scientists to develop proven cures and vaccines, as well as by showing solidarity with those who need our help. It is at times like this that we should continue showing kindness, empathy and compassion to all those around us.

Through its educational programming, HKHTC is dedicated to promoting tolerance and compassion among all peoples as an essential key to a healthier and better world for everyone.

HKHTC Executive Director Simon K. Li Discussed the Rise of Anti-Semitic Attacks on FM88.1 Commercial Radio

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As we enter into the new year of 2020, acts of anti-Semitism are on the rise in New York and elsewhere, leaving Jewish community rattled. HKHTC Executive Director Simon K. Li recently discussed the rise of anti-Semitic attacks on FM88.1 Commercial Radio’s “Clearday Breakfast”.

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UN Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration 2020

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HKHTC was pleased to host the 2020 United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration this past Monday. Our keynote speaker Ms Eva Schloss, an Auschwitz survivor, author, peace activist and stepsister of Anne Frank, spoke to an audience of nearly 500 people at Hong Kong City Hall.

After sharing her moving testimony of heartbreaking loss, tragedy, hope and healing, she received a standing ovation from those in attendance at the full capacity theatre. In addition to Ms. Schloss, HKSAR Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Mr James Henry Lau Jr, JP, Consul General of the State of Israel Ms Ahuva Spieler, United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong Rabbi Martha Bergadine, Chief Imam of Hong Kong Mufti Muhammad Arshad, Consul General of the Russian Federation Mr Igor Sagitov, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Ms. Annemieke Ruigrok, Fok Ying Tung Foundation Chairman Ben Fok, Captain Stephen Lief of Cathay Pacific Airlines, Chairman of the Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong Dr Raphael Aharoni, BBS and HKHTC Co-Chairman Mr Glen Steinman participated in this event.

You can watch the UNHMD 2020 commemorative event here. The evening’s photo album can be accessed here.  


HKHTC’s 75th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation Series @ Asia Society Hong Kong Center

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To mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, the Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre and the Asia Society Hong Kong Center were honoured to host Eva Schloss for an evening of student-centered learning, where she shared her remarkable story of life before the war, how she survived Auschwitz-Birkenau and rebuilt her life afterwards.

Eva Schloss is a Holocaust survivor, peace activist, international speaker, teacher, author and humanitarian, recognized by Queen Elizabeth II with an M.B.E. and for whom the play And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank was written by James Still in 1999. She is also the stepsister of Anne Frank, whose diary possibly is the most famous work to emerge from the horrors of that event.

Eva Schloss’ story is one of heartbreaking loss, determination, betrayal and, ultimately, the survival and triumph of the human spirit against all odds: among her many ordeals, she survived escape from Austria, two years in hiding in Amsterdam, capture on her 15th birthday, nine months in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the death of her father and brother, and repatriation to Holland. 40 years after the end of World War II, Eva Schloss started to share her story. She has since written three books and spoken all over the world about her experiences.

To accommodate overwhelming demand, the program took place in Jockey Club Hall, with live video stream in Miller Theater. The programme was be conducted in English. English-to-Cantonese simultaneous interpretation was available in Jockey Club Hall.

HKHTC’s 75th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation Series @ Chinese International School

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Holocaust survivor and distinguished guest Ms. Eva Schloss spoke to a packed auditorium of nearly 600 students at the Chinese International School. Following her moving remarks, many of the students stayed after the talk to ask Eva about her connection with Anne Frank, her story of hiding and what it was like to be liberated from Auschwitz.

HKHTC’s 75th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation Series @ Tsim Sha Tsui Baptist Church

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Anne Frank’s posthumous stepsister and Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss MBE has arrived in Hong Kong on 12 January 2020. Eva has just kicked off her first Hong Kong full-house talk on stage with HKHTC Executive Director Simon Li at the Tsim Sha Tsui Baptist Church. Eva is the keynote speaker of this year’s United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration at City Hall. Welcome, Eva!