HKHTC & CityU Present: ‘Stars Without a Heaven: Children in the Holocaust’ Exhibition & Opening Ceremony

2019-10-11T12:09:09+08:00Tags: |

[**CHANGE OF TIME**] Please kindly note that the starting time of the Opening Ceremony on 16 Oct 2019 has been changed from 7:00pm to 4:00pm. Both the exhibition and the opening ceremony will take place at the City University’s Kowloon Tong campus:

Run Run Shaw Library, 3/F Yeung Kin Man Academic Building,
City University of Hong Kong,
Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong

A campus map can also be accessed here:

We look forward to welcoming you in the exhibition.

The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre is pleased to present an acclaimed international exhibition — Stars Without a Heaven: Children in the Holocaust — a special project organized along with the City University of Hong Kong and in cooperation with Yad Vashem.

The ‘Stars Without a Heaven’ Exhibition will take place at the Woo Foo Foundation Gallery of the City University of Hong Kong’s Run Run Shaw Library during 16-31 October, 2019. Please also join the exhibition’s opening ceremony and talk. More details are listed in the poster. For further information, please contact

HKHTC @ Hong Kong International Book Fair 2019

2019-09-19T14:42:00+08:00Tags: |

The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre presented a special lecture titled “Who Will Write our History?: Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto” last week at the Hong Kong International Book Fair – a major event attended by roughly one million people annually. We are delighted that the talk attracted a diverse, standing room only crowd, emphasizing the value and importance of HKHTC’s core message of tolerance and non-discrimination.

The lecture was presented by HKHTC’s Executive Director Simon K. Li in Cantonese, enabling us to connect with hundreds of local community members, including many who learned about the Holocaust for the first time as a result of this event. Focus was on Samuel Kassow’s book Who Will Write our History?, which documents a secret archive created by historian Emanuel Ringelblum in the Warsaw Ghetto. During Ringelbaum’s internment, he established a scholarly organization to record the experiences of the ghetto’s inhabitants.

HKHTC is grateful to the Consulate of Israel in Hong Kong & Macau for arranging the talk. The book, which was adapted into a film directed by Roberta Grossman in 2018, will be screened at the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival later this year. We will circulate screening details as they become available.

‘Spots of Light’ Exhibition at St. Paul’s Co-educational College & St. Paul’s Convent School

2019-05-27T18:47:12+08:00Tags: |

In Spring 2019, HKHTC, the University of Hong Kong and Yad Vashem presented the “Spot of Light: Women in the Holocaust” exhibition at both St. Paul’s Co-educational College in Central and the St. Paul’s Convent School in Causeway Bay. There were also opening lectures delivered by HKHTC board member and HKU professor Dr Roland Vogt.

Yom Hashoah Ceremony 2019

2019-05-03T09:48:35+08:00Tags: |

Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, is observed every year. It is a day of commemoration of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of actions carried out by Nazi Germany. On 2 May 2019, HKHTC was honored to host the annual Yom Hashoah ceremony, which was held at the Jewish Community Centre, in remembrance of the millions of Jewish lives that perished in the Holocaust. Religious and lay leaders, representatives from many consulates, students, and members of the community paused both to reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust and recommit to engaging with its history and mandate.

HKHTC – Facing History Teachers Training Workshop Series at Asia Society: Teaching NIGHT by Elie Wiesel

2019-05-03T10:11:20+08:00Tags: |

On 27 April 2019, the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre, Facing History and Ourselves and Asia Society organized a one-day workshop which aimed to prepare teachers to interweave a literary analysis of Elie Wiesel’s powerful and poignant memoir with an exploration of the relevant historical context underlying Wiesel’s experience. The workshop explored the central questions: How is our identity shaped and reshaped by the circumstances we encounter? How do tragedy and trauma influence an individual’s identity and choices?

Thanks so much for joining our teachers training workshop with Facing History and Ourselves at Asia Society last weekend. It was wonderful to have a full house.

Bye Bye Germany – Screening & Discussion with HKHTC Executive Director

2019-03-05T19:40:32+08:00Tags: |

On 3 March 2019, the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre was delighted to co-organise the screening and discussion event ‘Bye Bye Germany’ at Broadway Cinematheque:

Bye Bye Germany 
Screening and Discussion with Simon K. Li, HKHTC Executive Director

Chinese and English captions will be available.  電影提供中、英文字幕。
The post-screening discussion will be conducted in Cantonese.  座談會以廣東話進行。

About the speaker:
Simon K. Li is the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre. An award-winning former journalist in Canada, he was a Senior Lecturer and Visiting Educator at the Amsterdam-based Anne Frank House.

More about the film:

HKHTC Executive Director Quoted in the New York Times

2019-02-11T20:31:40+08:00Tags: |

HKHTC Executive Director Simon K. Li was interviewed by the New York Times, which reported on a singer in Thailand who wore a swastika during a recent performance. In the article, Simon noted that Holocaust and genocide education in Asia is “very limited.” With the New York Times having over 3 million digital and print subscribers, the article provided major international exposure to HKHTC’s work and message. The New York Times article can be read here.

UNHMD 2019 Media Mentions

2019-02-11T20:32:53+08:00Tags: |

HKHTC’s important work recently received extensive coverage in the local and international press. Eva Koralnik was interviewed by multiple media outlets, including Radio Television Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post, the Chinese-language Oriental Daily, the Jewish Times Asia and news outlets in Macau. These publications have a combined circulation of over 2 million readers, enabling a significant portion of the community in Hong Kong and Macau to become aware of Eva’s account of the results of hatred and discrimination.

HKHTC & HKU Present: ‘Spots of Light: Women in the Holocaust’ Exhibition & Opening Ceremony

2019-02-28T17:17:05+08:00Tags: |

HKHTC was pleased to jointly coordinate the opening ceremony of the ‘Spots of Light: Women in the Holocaust’ exhibition with the University of Hong Kong (HKU) on Wednesday, 13 February. The well-attended event included presentations by Israeli Consul-General Ahuva Spieler, HKHTC board member Dr. Roland Vogt, HKU academic Elizabeth LaCouture and Elsa High School students Elianna Diestel and Sarah Cohen.

This is a special project organized along with the University of Hong Kong and in cooperation with Yad Vashem.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture 2019

2019-02-11T19:10:01+08:00Tags: |

In cooperation with The Commercial Press bookstore, HKHTC co-hosted an International Holocaust Remembrance Day lecture presented by Simon K. Li. The public lecture was well received, with most attendees in the fully booked venue staying well beyond the scheduled event closing and asking many questions about the Holocaust.