UNO Minsk marked the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust with a screening of the Blinky and Me documentary by Polish filmmaker Tomasz Magierski. The screening took place at the Minsk “Pobeda” cinema on 27 January. Opening the event was hosted by Victor Radivinovski, DPI Officer–in–Charge, Yosef Shagal, Israeli Ambassador to Belarus, first deputy Chairman of the Union of Belarusian Jewish organizations and communities Boris Gersten and Minsk Ghetto and Nazi camps survivor Leonid Rubinstein as guest speakers.

UNO Minsk marked the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust with a screening of the Blinky and Me documentary by Polish filmmaker Tomasz Magierski.

The screening took place at the Minsk “Pobeda” cinema on 27 January. Opening the event was hosted by Victor Radivinovski, DPI Officer–in–Charge, Yosef Shagal, Israeli Ambassador to Belarus, first deputy Chairman of the Union of Belarusian Jewish organizations and communities Boris Gersten and Minsk Ghetto and Nazi camps survivor Leonid Rubinstein as guest speakers.

Speaking about the role of the United Nations in preventing acts of genocide Victor Radivinovski underlined importance of education of young people about the lessons of Holocaust. “The films like Blinky and me are part of the global educational programme of the United Nations aimed at teaching about the Holocaust and they “teach our children well”, said the DPI Officer–in–Charge quoting from the UNSG message on the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

The film recounts Mr Gross’ life, from his childhood in Poland, where his Jewish family lived under Nazi occupation, to Israel and Australia, where he started a new life as an animator.

In this documentary film, animator Yoram Gross tells the story of the Holocaust through intimate conversations with his five grandchildren at home in Australia, and while on a visit with them to Kraków, where he was born. We learn about how his family lost their business, how his father was arrested and murdered by the Nazis, and how, as a young boy, he hid from the Nazis to survive the Holocaust. Mr. Gross got his start in animation in Israel, and became famous in Australia for his animated series The Adventures of Blinky Bill, adapted from the children’s books by Dorothy Wall. Unknown to most, many of the adventures faced by Blinky Bill in the animated series are based on Mr. Gross’ experiences as a young boy while on the run from the Nazis. This heart–warming film leads viewers to reflect on the human tragedy of the Holocaust, and the unrealized potential of those that were lost.

UNO Minsk has produced Russian language subtitles for the “Blinky and me” documentary and disseminated it to all Russian–speaking countries in the CIS region.

The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme

The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme was established by General Assembly resolution 60/7 in 2006 to further education about and remembrance of the Holocaust to help prevent future acts of genocide.  Its multifaceted programme includes online and print educational products, seminars, exhibitions, a film series and the annual worldwide observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust each 27 January. Please visit: http://www.un.org/holocaustremembrance.

Photo: Leonid Rubinstein, Minsk Ghetto and Nazi camps survivor

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