UNIC Accra marks Holocaust Remembrance Day with film screening and a public lecture

Accra – The United Nations Information Centre, (UNIC) Accra, with support from the United Nations Outreach Centre, and in collaboration with the Australian High Commission, the Embassies of Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany has marked this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day with a youth forum & screening of the film “Blinky and Me”; and a public lecture on the theme, “Journeys through the holocaust”.

students at the Poster Exhibition stand

students at the Poster Exhibition stand

The film screening and youth forum, which was organized with support from the Australian High Commission in Ghana, brought together about 80 students and faculty from three (3) different senior high schools (SHS) in Ghana – Labone SHS, Presbyterian Boys SHS and Accra Girls SHS – to the Goethe Institut in Accra. Also in attendance were H.E. Joanna Adamson, Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Dr. Nana Yaw Boampong Sarpong, a lecturer at the Department of History, University of Ghana, representatives from the German and Israeli Embassies, and the media.

participants observe a minute silence in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

The National Information Officer of UNIC Accra, Ms Cynthia Prah read the UN Secretary General’s message on the Day. The message warned of the perils of anti- Semitism and hatred of any kind and called on everyone to “join forces today on a shared journey to a world of equality and dignity for all”. “We must be ever vigilant against bigotry, extremist ideologies, communal tensions and discrimination against minorities.  And we must teach our children well.” The message noted.

students watch Blinky and Me

students watch Blinky and Me

This was followed by brief remarks from the Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Joanna Adamson, and Dr. Nana Yaw Boampong Sarpong.

Following the screening of the Blinky and Me, Dr. Nana Yaw Boampong Sarpong, facilitated a very engaging discussion on the significance of commemorating the Holocaust Day.  The students were very much eager to ask questions and share their opinions. Some of the contributions dwelt on topics such as “Compensation for victims of the Holocaust”; “Peaceful co-existence with one another”; “Relationship between the holocaust and genocide” and “why it took the World so long to resolve the Holocaust”.

Nannie Beekman–Braunstein

Nannie Beekman–Braunstein

Later in the Day, there was a public lecture held at the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra by Nannie Beekman – Braunstein of Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Department of Righteous among the Nation, on the theme, “Journeys through the Holocaust”. Also organized by UNIC Accra with support from the United Nations Outreach Centre, and in collaboration with the Embassies of Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany, the event was attended by some Ministers of State in Ghana, Representatives of Diplomatic Missions, Religious, Traditional and Political Leaders, NGO’s and other individuals.

A cross section of dignitaries at the lecture

A cross section of dignitaries at the lecture