Those lost their lives in Holocaust remembered

Kathmandu, Jan 27: The United Nations together with Embassy of the States of Israel, Embassy of the German Federation and Rato Bangala School marked the International Holocaust Day under the theme ‘Holocaust and the Human Dignity’ in Lalitpur today.

On the occasion, Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission, Sudip Pathak, and Ambassadors from various countries spoke about the importance of marking the day to remind the world that such incident should never be repeated.

Similarly, Israeli Ambassador to Nepal, Yaron Mayer, said, “The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews (1.5 of these were children) by the Nazi regime and its collaborators between 1930s and 40s in Europe but this persecution was not only limited to Jews but also included gypsies and gays.”

Stating that the Holocaust incident was the panic incident for world community till today, German Ambassador to Nepal, Matthias Mayer, said that Germany and Israel has friendly relations as well as have been collaborating at different areas of mutual welfare and interest.

Likewise, UN Resident Coordinator Michel Patrick Jones read out the message sent by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in memory of those lost their lives in Holocaust.

A grand-daughter of survivor couple of the Holocaust, Shauna Ruda said that the young general should always make its voice strong not to let such incident repeat.

Six candles, representing the lives of six million who lost their lives during the Holocaust, were lit.

Winner of best documentary prize at Haifa International Film Festival, ‘Farewell Herr Schwartz’ was screened during the event. The movie is about the Holocaust from the perspective of a third generation survivor and how it is never too late to reclaim your heritage.

A musical peace was also performed by the students of Rato Bangala School which was an adaption to a song composed by a Holocaust victim.

Similarly, a three-day photo exhibition, “The Holocaust and Human Dignity” is also organised at the Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal, from today to mark the event.

This is the second year since a programme of this extent in remembrance of the Holocaust was organised in Nepal.