Director of Education Simon Li lectures at local and international schools in Hong Kong

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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 institute in Hong Kong.

In November and December 2016, Simon has already presented Holocaust workshops to hundreds of students at international and local schools in Hong Kong. With Simon’s appointment, HKHTC is increasingly engaged with local Chinese-speaking students, while deepening its work with international schools and students.

Slawomir Grunberg, director of Karski & the Lords of Humanity, speaks at HKU

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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

Director of Education lectured at Creative Secondary School

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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 of Jewish people before World War II and which presented the students with the most important terminology and vocabulary in both English and Cantonese. The talk also addressed China’s, and in particular Shanghai’s, role in providing refuge for many Jewish people.

After the talk, students’ feedback included: “It was amazing to hear how Shanghai was involved in World War II. I didn’t know!” and “The most inspiring thing for me was to see how one man, Sir Nicholas Winton, saved so many children from the Nazis. It is incredible to see what one man can do!” And a CSS teacher wrote, “A big thank you must go to the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre and in particular to Mr. Simon Li for the interesting and informative experience!”

Director of Education Simon Li spoke at Nord Anglia International School

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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 workshop at Nord Anglia International School discussing Shanghai as a haven for Holocaust victims. It is always the HKHTC’s aim to teach the Holocaust in an age-appropriate manner in a history classroom.

Dr. Ephraim Kaye of Yad Vashem Visited Hong Kong

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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 International Schools to discuss Holocaust history and Holocaust denial.

Dov Landau speaks at the Asia Society

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Dov Landau, Holocaust survivor from Israel, spoke to 300 people at Asia Society on 1st February 2016 as part of his Holocaust Memorial Day tour of Hong Kong. He spoke wth Asia Society HK President Chairman Ronnie Chan and Josette Sheeran, President & CEO of Asia Society about his harrowing experiences in the Nazi concentration and death camps.

He shared his hopes for the future, expressing how important it is for every person to combat prejudice wherever they may find it.

There were also 120 students present from a variety of local schools & universities, some students even traveled all the way from mainland China to hear Dov speak.

Holocaust survivor, Dov Landau’s tour of Hong Kong Schools and Universities

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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 experiences.

For many of the students it was the first time they had ever heard from a Holocaust survivor and it was an incredibly meaningful and moving experience.

It is vitally important young people hear directly from Holocaust survivors so they may truly understand the depths to which humanity can plummet and understand how important it is to stand up for the right’s of others.

Please see below for a link to Dov’s talk at Harrow International School:

Director of Education, Ben Freeman spoke at Chinese International School

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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.

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

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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, to Hong Kong from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th November 2015.

Hannah spoke at universities in Hong Kong and Macao discussing art restitituion and also speak at an open event at the Asia Society (tickets will go on sale soon).

If you missed Hannah’s talk at the Asia Socity visit this link to watch it in full visit this link.

Director of Education Speaks at CUHK

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On the 20th October, HKHTC’s Director of Education, Ben Freeman, addressed 1500 students at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Ben spoke for an hour about the history of the Holocaust and screened his documentary, shot in 2012 in Poland, Romania & Ukraine. The students saw modern footage of the Nazi’s death camps and heard directly from Holocaust survivors.

The students were given the opportunity to put questions to Ben and asked about the dangers of labelling and stereotyping, as well as asking how important dialogue is to combating prejudice.

Ben remarked ‘it is so important to learn the lessons of the past to create a better tomorrow, we are engaged in a fight against prejudice and we must not lose, there is too much at stake. We are all capable of fighting bigotry in our own corner of the world and we have a responsibility to do so.’