28. Januar 2013 , 15:30 Uhr - 18:30 Uhr

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust


International Day
of Commemoration
in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust




at UNESCO House, Paris, France


Theme of the Day: “The Courage to Care: Rescue during the Holocaust”


Monday, 28 January 2013 | Conference


From Holocaust Education to the Prevention
of Genocide: What have we learnt from the Past?

Room IV, from 3.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.


With the participation of:

·         Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO;

·         Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide;

·         Edward Kissi, Professor at the Department of Africana studies of the University of South Florida (United States of America/Ghana);

·         Dan Michman, Historian, Director of the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem (Israel);

·         Karen Pollock, Executive Director of the Holocaust Educational Trust (United Kingdom);

·         Samuel Pisar, writer and lawyer, Holocaust survivor,  UNESCO Honorary Ambassador, Special Envoy for Holocaust Education.


Conference organized in partnership with the Office of the United Nations  Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide and with the support of the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Belgium to UNESCO

Monday, 28 January 2013 | Ceremony


Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocauste

Room I, 7.30 p.m.


·         Screening of the short film Les Justes by Emmanuel Finkiel;

·         Speeches:

  • Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO;
  • Eric de Rothschild, President of the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris);
  • Nimrod Barkan, Ambassador, Permanent  Delegate of Israel to UNESCO; 
  • Vincent Peillon, French Minister of Education;
  • Rossen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria;

·         Reading of a text written by Jean-Claude Grumberg by Guila Clara Kessous, UNESCO Artist for Peace, and actor Francis Huster;

·         Testimony of Serge Klarsfeld, historian and lawyer, President of the association Fils et filles des déportés juifs de France;

·         Musical pieces performed by Pascal Amoyel (piano) and Emmanuelle Bertrand (cello);

·         Prayers by Adolphe Attia, Officiating Minister



UNESCO House, Paris, France