Beit Simcha Centre for Progressive Judaism hosted a number of events to recall the Holocaust victims on the eve of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust celebrated worldwide on January 27 each year by the decision of UN General Assembly.

Representatives of foreign embassies and international organizations including United Nations Organisation and European Union, Minsk ghetto prisoners, representatives of schools and youth organisations took part in the ceremony. 

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The participants lit Sabbath candles to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust in Europe and read a memorial prayer and a prayer for peace.

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Speaking to the ceremony participants the UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Belarus Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki quoted the UN Secretary General’s words about necessity to stand against the growing anti-Semitism.

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“We see the proliferation of neo-Nazi groups, and attempts to rewrite history and distort the facts of the Holocaust. We see bigotry moving at lightning speed across the Internet. We see intolerance entering mainstream politics -- targeting minorities, Muslims, migrants and refugees, and exploiting the anger and anxiety of a changing world,” - she said.

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Two exhibitions opened as part of the event: “At the Bidding of the Heart” display created in partnership with the Yad Vashem Museum to show the history of saving the Jews in the occupied Soviet territories during the Holocaust, and another exhibition “State of Deception: the Power of Nazi Propaganda”, prepared in cooperation with the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Program and Holocaust Memorial Houston to investigate how the Nazis used propaganda to win the wide support of the electorate in Germany and to justify the war and mass murder.

Both are mobile exhibitions and after display in the Beit Simcha Centre for Progressive Judaism they will be exhibited in different cities of Belarus as part of the Holocaust commemorative events.