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January 20, 2016

The Holocaust and Human Dignity

Holocaust Remembrance Day logoThe theme for the Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2016, including the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, is "The Holocaust and Human Dignity". The theme links Holocaust remembrance with the founding principles of the United Nations and reaffirms faith in the dignity and worth of every person that is highlighted in the United Nations Charter, as well as the right to live free from discrimination and with equal protection under the law that is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Holocaust, which resulted in the destruction of nearly two thirds of European Jewry, remains one of the most ...

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December 9, 2015

International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

by Paul Olson

UN Symphony playingDag Hammarskjöld used to invite people over to his house to listen to records of Johann Sebastian Bach. Considering all that Mr. Hammarskjöld had to do as the UN's second General Secretary, this seems really odd. But today’s event began with the UNSRC orchestra playing Johann Sebastian Bach's  "Air". As the group played I was reminded of the power of music to convey the human ideals of harmony and beauty.

In the process of remembering, "we have learned that symbols matter." said David Tolbert, President of the International Center for Transitional Justice ...

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April 16, 2015

Observing the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

The cliff image by Lucy JanjigianThis year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide—the systematic massacre of one and a half million Armenians that began on April 24, 1915, and continued into the early 1920s. The 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) called on congregations to remember this event in worship on April 26, 2015 (the Fourth Sunday of Easter). Read the full text of the PC(USA) General Assembly action.  The photo shows the painting "The Cliff" by Jerusalem-born artist Lucy Boyadjian Jangijian whose Uprooted Collection interprets the Armenian Genocide and the will to endure.

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January 27, 2015

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, 2015

Remembrance and Beyond

 

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations joins colleagues today recognizing the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

In 2005 the UN General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Through this commemoration, the UN system and member states of the UN honor the victims of the Nazi era and provide and develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

The theme for this year's observance is: “Liberty, Life and the Legacy of the Holocaust ...

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January 13, 2013

Rescue during the Holocaust: The Courage to Care

Remembrance and Beyond ImageIn 2005 the UN General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Through this commemoration, the UN system and member states of the UN honor the victims of the Nazi era and provide and develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

This year's 2013 observance is built around the theme “Rescue during the Holocaust: The Courage to Care”. Through exhibits, film, educational activities and the annual memorial ceremony, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme and the global network ...

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April 13, 2011

Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate

Check your local PBS listings for a new film on forgiveness. Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate, by Helen Whitney, explores a range of stories from personal betrayal to global reconciliation after genocide. Don Shriver, author...

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September 1, 2008

Sand and Sorrow

I watched the video Sand and Sorrow yesterday. This powerful, touching, and disturbing video looks at the situation in Sudan and Darfur. It explores the rise of the current government and that government’s relations with (neglect of) Darfur. Those relations...

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