Rwanda, Israel, Germany to commemorate Holocaust victims

On 26 January 2021 at 07:07

The embassies of Israel, Germany together with the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator will commemorate the victims of the Holocaust during a virtual event scheduled tomorrow on 27th January 2021.

The Minister of Justice and State Attorney General, Johnston Busingye will also be present at the ceremony as the guest of honor representing the Government of Rwanda.

Freddy Mutanguha, Executive Director of Aegis Trust, will be the master ceremony of the event.

After an initial prayer by Rabbi Haim Bar Sella, Dr. Ron Adam, Ambassador of the State of Israel to Rwanda, and Dr. Thomas Kurz, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, will give their opening remarks.

His Eminence, Dr. Antoine Cardinal Kambanda and Prof. Dr. Dina Porat, Chief Historian of Yad Vashem are key note speakers to grace the event.

The ceremony will feature different sessions including a video screening of Elie Wiesel, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace, who was 15 when the Nazis deported him along with his family from their home in Transylvania to Auschwitz, and remarks by the UN Resident Coordinator for Rwanda Dr. Fodé Ndiaye.

The annual commemoration marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Soviet troops in 1945.

The Nazi (German extremists) regime and its collaborators murdered about six million Jews during the Second World War, in a systematic attempt to exterminate European Jews.

Organised through tripartite efforts by the Israeli Embassy, German embassy and the UN, the event recalls the various journeys taken during the Holocaust period, from deportation to incarceration to freedom, and how the experience transformed the lives of those who endured it.

The commemoration ceremony can be watched via the following link https://youtu.be/e4p1aSRUHIE via YOUTUBE on 27th January 2021 from 3:00pm to 4:15pm.

About key note speakers

His Eminence Dr. Antoine Cardinal Kambanda has been Archbishop of Kigali since 2019. He had been Bishop of Kibungo from 2013 to 2018. Pope Francis installed him cardinal on 28th November 2020, making him the first cardinal from Rwanda.

Prof. Dr. Dina Porat is a lecturer at Emeritus of Modern Jewish History in the Department of Jewish History, Head of the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, and holds the Alfred P. Slaner Chair for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University.

Since 2011 she has served as Chief Historian of Yad Vashem.