On the eve of the International Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust victims, the Center for Progressive Judaism "Beit Simha" hosted commemorative events dedicated to the Day, which has been celebrated worldwide since 2005 by the decision of the UN General Assembly.
Representatives of twelve embassies and international organizations, including the United Nations and the European Union, took part in the ceremony. The lighting of the Sabbath candles and the memory of the Holocaust victims in Europe was held, as well as the reading of memorial prayer and prayer for peace.
The event was full of theatrical performances and reading stories about the gheto prisoners from the village of Krasnoe, the youth movement of NeceR, the student organization Beit Hillel, as well as the speeches of juvenile ghetto prisoners and concentration camps.
Speaking to the participants of the ceremony, the UN Resident Coordinator Sanaka Samarasinha quoted the words of the UN Secretary General on the need for unequivocal and resolute opposition to racism and violence. "Thanks to education and mutual understanding, we can build a future in which everyone will be guaranteed dignity, human rights and peaceful coexistence," he said.
Within the framework of the events, the opening of the international exhibition "Project" Butterfly: Children of the Holocaust ", prepared by the educational program" The Holocaust and the United Nations" and the Museum of the Holocaust in Houston with the assistance of the UN Office in Belarus was held.
Demonstrating the time of the Holocaust and the fate of six young people, both survivors and those who died in its flames, the exhibition aims to introduce a new generation of young people to preserve the memory of 1.5 million children, out of which over a million were Jewish children, and simultaneously instill in them knowledge of the importance respect for human rights.
The exhibition "Project" Butterfly: Children of the Holocaust" is mobile and after exhibiting at the Center for Progressive Judaism" Bei Simhka", it will move to the Leonid Levin Historical Workshop and then to the Grodno Choral Synagogue for events dedicated to the sad date - the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of Grodno ghetto (March 18).
It is symbolic that the exhibition is prepared and will be held in the year of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is a set of fundamental rights and freedoms that belong to every person from birth.