Accra, January 27, 2015 – UNIC Accra joined the rest of the world to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau, the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp, and the commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Day also marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the founding of the United Nations.
About a hundred guests, including members of the diplomatic community, representatives of civil society organisations and private and public sector institutions attended a lecture in Accra on the theme “Liberty, Life and the Legacy of the Holocaust Survivors” delivered by Dr. Robert Rozett of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Research and Memorial Centre in Jerusalem.
The 30-min presentation highlighted the relevance of commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day and how lessons can be drawn from the past towards ensuring the peaceful coexistence of neighbours for a non-violent world. Dr. Rozett indicated that Holocaust is not only about the numbers of those brutally killed. He said in order to understand how we can avoid or prevent its re-occurrence, “we need to ask questions about how and why” those atrocities were committed.
The Ambassador of the State of Israel, H.E. Sharon Bar-li and the German Ambassador H.E. John Ruediger both made brief statements.
Ambassador Kwasi Quarter, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration called for the need to respect one another. He commended Israel for their continuous support to the Government of Ghana.
A 7 minute film to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the UN Holocaust Programme and another film on the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau, featuring the testimony of Holocaust survivors and veterans who liberated the camp were screened.