The Embassy of Israel together with the United Nations, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Embassy of the United States of America and Alliance Française are organising a week-long event to mark the UN official day of the 'International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the victims of the Holocaust'.
The inauguration ceremony of the event was held on Monday, January 27, 2015, at Alliance Française, Tripureswor, in the presence of high level dignitaries. Chitralekha Yadav, Minister for Education was the chief guest of the event, said Embassy of Israel in a press statement.
The main highlight of this event will be a week long educational art exhibition "When Words Fail"that will be a first of its kind in Nepal, reads the statement.
The artist behind this exhibition, Sara Atzmon, is a Holocaust survivorand has come to Nepal especially for the seminar from Israel. She will be sharing her memories from that dark-age with visitors as well as groups of students that will come to learn more about the Holocaust and lessons that can be learnt in the future.
During this week, January 28 – February 4, 2015, different documentaries on the Holocaust will also be screened at the venue throughout the day.
During the inauguration ceremony, ambassadors from various countries spoke about the tragedies of the Holocaust and the importance of marking the event to keep the memories alive so that such incidents are not repeated again.
Yaron Mayer, Ambassador of Israel to Nepal said, "In Israel and among Jewish communities around the world, the Holocaust is remembered every day because most families are personally linked to it".
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Atzmon warned, "such kind of tragedy could occur even today and the lessons learned from the Holocaust are universal…a heavy burden lies on the shoulders of the survivors to act as ambassadors of those who are no longer with us".
Minister for Education Chitralekha Yadav remembered reading the book “Hitler ra Yahudi” written by late BP Koirala, the first democratic Prime Minister of Nepal who established diplomatic relation with Israel in 1960s, and said she cried and had sleepless nights for few days. She added, “All of us know a lot about Holocaust and today, we are standing against any kind of atrocities and violence.”
During the ceremony, six candles were lit in memory of six million Jews who were killed during the Holocaust between 1939 and 1945.
This is the first ever event of this magnitude being organised in Nepal to mark the Holocaust. The event will be an important milestone in spreading the message of tolerance and fighting against racism.