The Consulate General of Israel in association with Simon Wiesenthal Centre and Maharashtra United nations Association have organized an education exhibit “The Courage to Remember” on the history of the Holocaust that consists of 40 panels with nearly 200 original photographs of the Holocaust at St Xavier’s college, Mumbai.
Sumit Mullick IAS, Chief of protocol, Government of Maharashtra was the chief guest of the opening ceremony held on 6th November. Present for the occasion were The Consul General of Israel, s.Orna Sagiv, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Ms. Mohini Mathur, Executive Chairperson, Maharashtra United Nations Association and Dr. (Fr.) Frazer Mascarhenas, Principal, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.
Also present was . D.R. Kaarthikeyan, Former Director, Central Bureau of Investigation and Director General, National Human Rights Commission. The opening ceremony was followed by the screening of 1982’s Academy Award winning film Genocide. The exhibition is open till the 10th of November, 2012 between 10 AM to 7AM and consists of 40 educational panels with 200 original photographs from the Holocaust.
The Holocaust that refers to systematic violence, genocide, persecution; racism and hatred that continues to occur throughout the world. The genocide actions were carried out by Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945, and approximately six million Jews perished in the Holocaust. The Exhibition is an attempt to reflect on and educate about the enduring lessons of the Holocaust and to reaffirm a commitment to uphold human rights as well as value the diversity and multiculturalism of the society.
Speaking on the occasion the Consul General of Israel, s.Orna Sagiv said, “Six million Jews and millions of others were murdered during the Holocaust. Unfortunately, the root causes of the Holocaust – hatred, racism and xenophobia still persist and thus we all must study the lessons of the Holocaust so that such a tragic event doesn’t reoccur. In India the awareness and knowledge of the Holocaust is very limited, so we hope to bring this exhibition to India so as to educate the people about the same.”