This fall, HKHTC was proud to sponsor a number of Holocaust-themed films as part of the 18th Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival. They were shown at local and international schools as well as universities around Hong Kong. These films helped students gain a deeper understanding of the issues that arise from the Holocaust. Public screenings were also arranged during the festival. They all took place at Asia Society Hong Kong Center.
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 telling the story of Jan Karski, Polish diplomat and resistance fighter, who risked his life to try to prevent the Holocaust. After the screening, the director also described to the audience how he used archival footage, as well as interviews with subjects and Holocaust scholars, to portray the life and work of a Righteous Gentile and an unsung hero.
From L to R: Journalism professor Kaman Lee, Veteran journalist and HKET columnist Susanna Cheung, director of Karski & the Lords of Humanity Slawomir Grunberg, HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li, and Hong Kong Journalists Association’s Donald Gasper
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 – 72 min
The Eichmann Show – 90 min
Fanny’s Journey – 94 min
Les Hértiers – 100 min
A Children’s Song – 16 min
The Interrogation – 95 min
These films have helped students gain a deeper understanding of the issues that arise from the Holocaust.
We were delighted to sponsor two films at the 2015 Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival.
Kinderlekh and Forgers of History were shown at schools and universities around Hong Kong and Macao. These films helped students gain a deeper understanding of the issues that arise from the Holocaust; such as commemoration, modern anti-Semitism and keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive.
These films were shown at the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival on Sunday 15th February to a sold out audience
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 Memorial Council, Elie Wiesel.
Dr Rosen gave a captivating seminar using three texts written during the Holocaust, to discuss literature and the terrible events occurring during this period.
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 commemorate special people who are remembered for their acts of bravery, humanity and courage during the Holocaust.
We also welcomed Joanna Millan, child Holocaust survivor who spoke about her experiences as a child survivor of Theresienstadt and about her journey of discovering her roots and family history.
In April we were delighted to host Joanna Millan from London, on a speaking tour of Hong Kong schools. Joanna talked to over 1800 pupils at 13 different schools about her experiences as a child survivor from Theresienstadt concentration camp.
The pupils and teachers were captivated by her primary source material and for many it was their first introduction to the Holocaust.
Joanna also spoke at the jewish Communities Yom HaShoah event as well as to a Church based group.
The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre collaborated on two public screenings of Claude Lanzmann’s monumental testament to The Holocaust, the film Shoah, as part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival. The screenings were introduced by HKHTC’s Chair, Jeremy Amias, and followed by a discussion with professor Glenn Timmermans of Macau University.
HKHTC Board member, Silvain Gilbert, has been active all year going to schools in Hong Kong to tell pupils about his experiences as a hidden child, during the Holocaust. Children have been captivated by his story and primary source information about the Holocaust and for many it stimulated further enquiries and study.