The Rescuers ignite discussions on the Holocaust in Accra

Accra – The United Nations Information Centre, (UNIC) Accra, in partnership with the Association of Global Citizens, Ghana, and with support from the embassies of Germany and Israel and the Goethe-Institut has marked this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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UNIC NIO Cynthia Prah and UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Ruby Sandhu-Rojon

An international poster competition was launched and the award-winning documentary film “The Rescuers” was screened at the Goethe-Institut in Accra.

The event brought together about 70 invitees representing the public sector, the international community, the academia, NGOs, high schools and members of the Ghanaian Jewish community. Also in attendance were H.E. Madam Sharon Bar-Li, Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Prof. Vincent Dodoo, Head of the Department of History and Political Studies, KNUST, Dr. Kwabena Adu-Boahen, Head of the History Department of the University of Cape Coast and a representative from the German Embassy.

The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Ruby Sandhu-Rojon presented the UN Secretary General’s message on the Day. The message encouraged people to be inspired by those who had the courage to care – the ordinary people who took extraordinary steps to defend human dignity. “This year’s observance is meant to augment the historical record, and give those unsung heroes the regard they deserve. Their example can help us build a better world today.” She noted.

The audience

The audience

Launching the international poster contest on the theme “Keeping the Memory Alive – Journeys through the Holocaust”, the Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights & Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Ms Lauretta Vivian Lamptey explained that the competition presents an opportunity for students of Arts and Design to reflect on the past and make a personal commitment to promote peace by demonstrating their creativity. She said she looks forward to seeing Ghana represented at the final.

Following the screening of the Rescuers, Dr. Kwabena Adu Boahen, supported by officials from the embassies of Israel and Germany, facilitated a very engaging discussion on the significance of commemorating the Day.  Participants were very much eager to share their opinions. Some of the contributions dwelt on topics such as “Compensation for victims of the Holocaust”; “What happens when victims become victimizers”; “Relationship between the holocaust and other crimes against humanity elsewhere in Africa”.