Translating The Holocaust – A Planned Symposium

2017-10-21T09:31:38+00:00Tags: , , |

We are planning an important symposium alongside Macau University on how to translate the word ‘Holocaust’, and other relevant terms, into Chinese.

There is to date no uniform and official translation of this word and it is essential to have a unified translation that adequately reflects the meaning behind the word.

As Holocaust education expands into China, it is important that Holocaust and Jewish educators have a fitting translation that can be promoted amongst scholars, educators and officials in China so that this relatively new translation can be absorbed into mainstream Putonghua / Mandarin.

March Of The Living – Adult Trip To Poland

2018-11-14T23:45:59+00:00Tags: , , |

The March of the Living is an international, educational program that brings people from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II.

Join us: 28 April – 3 May 2019

Some insight into the journey by two participants:

  • 2017 March: click here to view a PDF of this participant’s beautiful images and written thoughts from his journey. (written in Chinese)
  • 2016 March:  click here to visit a participant’s blog and share her images and unforgettable experience on this momentous trip. (written in Chinese)

HKHTC’s Fellowship Trip to Poland

2017-11-07T21:55:38+00:00Tags: , , |

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Fellowship; a series of five emotionally and intellectually challenging workshops which will culminate in participating students from Hong Kong travelling to Poland to visit sites related to the Holocaust. Amongst other places they will visit the Ghettos of Lodz, Warsaw & Krakow and three death camps; Chelmno, Treblinka, Auschwtiz & Auschwitz-Birekenau.

The Fellowship is a once in a life time opportunity to learn about the Holocaust on a much deeper level. It will begin in January each year and the trip to Poland is usually scheduled to take place between March and October.

For more information on The Fellowship, please do not hesitate to contact our office at info@hkhtc.org.

HKHTC Teacher Training Workshops

2018-04-19T18:24:54+00:00Tags: , , |

HKHTC is pleased to offer teacher training workshops on how to teach the Holocaust.

  • How do we teach and incorporate the stories of the victims, perpetrators and bystanders?
  • Where do we begin?
  • How do we teach the Holocaust in an age-appropriate manner
  • What is the importance of inter-disciplinary materials?

During these sessions, we will be going over the pedagogical approach and lesson plans. The workshops are offered in English, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese to teachers in Hong Kong’s local and international schools.

If you are interested in taking part in these teacher training sessions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at info@hkhtc.org

Holocaust Workshops at Nord Anglia International School

2017-06-29T22:33:01+00:00Tags: , |

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, perpetrators and bystanders. The sessions also shed light on the rescuers in the Holocaust, while sharing with students how one person can make a difference and have a substantive impact on the lives of many.

Director of Education Simon Li to Serve as Anne Frank House’s Visiting Educator

2017-06-29T15:37:02+00:00Tags: , , |

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-house educators at the Anne Frank House have been exchanging
scholarly ideas related to approaches to teaching Anne Frank’s diary in Asia and the pedagogy of Holocaust education.

“Since the days when I was a senior lecturer in academia, I’ve strived to teach tolerance and mutual respect through the inspiring story of
Anne Frank,” Mr Li said. “I find this opportunity to share ideas about an important topic I’ve taught in East Asia for my entire academic
life truly exciting.” An award-winning former journalist from Toronto, Mr Li served as the Head of General Education at a tertiary institute
in Hong Kong before being appointed by HKHTC as its Director of Education in 2016. Anne Frank House is a writer’s house and
biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank.

Holocaust Survivor Henry Friedman Spoke at Local Schools in Hong Kong

2017-06-26T12:27:32+00:00Tags: , , , |

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 he lived through an incredible journey that saw his early life nearly destroyed by the Holocaust. Surviving with the help of two Ukrainian families in Poland, his family hid in a tiny space the size of a queen-size bed for 18 months. The courage of Henry’s saviours– and so many others like them– offers many of our local Hong Kong students critical lessons and stories that should inspire us to live better and treat all people with dignity. Mr Friedman’s message was “One person CAN make a difference.”

Holocaust Survivor Micha Gelber Met with Director of Education Simon Li at Rotterdam’s Memorial for Jewish Children

2017-06-28T10:44:19+00:00Tags: , , |

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 Frank House) visited the Joods Kindermonument and paid tribute to the children victims who ranged from only a few months to 12 years old. Most of them did not survive the war.

Holocaust survivor Micha Gelber, who was HKHTC’s in-house guest this January, was one of the key leaders behind this project to build a monument to commemorate these children. This monument also includes an artwork with the names of the 686 Jewish children who perished and indicates which concentration camp they were sent to.

Director of Education Paid Tribute to Holocaust Victims at Westerbork Camp on Liberation Day

2017-06-29T10:33:52+00:00Tags: , , |

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 the Netherlands, Liberation Day is commemorated each year on May 5th to mark the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during WWII. During the visit at Westerbork, Mr Li also met with local students and educators from the region.

Yom Hashoah 2017: A Day to Remember The Holocaust

2017-06-30T15:39:47+00:00Tags: , , , |

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 April 24, 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.

This year’s theme was “Never Again”. Members from all of Hong Kong’s Jewish congregations were represented.In addition, representatives from many consulates joined the evening’s gathering and other multi-faith leaders.In attendance was Sagi Karni, Consul General of Israel to Hong Kong, who gave an address. Opening remarks were read by Glen Steinman, HKHTC Director. The evening programme included a moving and graphic video documentary entitled Sgt. Howard Cwick, Jewish Liberator: Eyewitness to History.