International Day of Commemoration for the Victims of the Holocaust Workshop in SA
Dr. Rozett Director of Libraries at Yad Vashem arrived in South Africa after being invited to speak and present at the Holocaust Memorial Centres in Cape Town, Durban and the main event in Johannesburg, which was held at the at the Ditsong National Museum of Military History on Wednesday, 29 January 2014. The Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC) partnered with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) for the organisation of the evening. The hall was completely full with 200 guests attending.
Tali Nates, director of the JHGC was the programme director of the evening asked for a respectful moment of silence for those that perished in the holocaust then proceeded to announce the following guest speakers to give their address: Helene Hoedel (Director, UNIC South Africa), Arthur Lenk (Ambassador of Israel to South Africa), Thuli Qanya (Office Manager JHGC who spoke about her visit to Auschwitz during the March of the Living), Bela Laszlo (Ambassador of Hungary) including a video message from a UN Secretary-General and keynote speaker Dr Rozett who spoke about the Holocaust in Hungary. The evening ended with an informal Q&A.
While in South Africa Dr. Rozett also visited the Tshepana Primary School, Orange Farm where he lead a workshop and spoke to Grade 9 learners from high schools around the township. The workshop was covered by both CCTV and JN1 TV. Rozett was able to capture the student’s imagination and kept them intrigued with his stories of what happened to the Jews in Hungary during 1944. Arlene Sher of the JHGC conducted a workshop about the Holocaust including viewing a film produced by the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation. Dr. Rozett then spoke to the learners about the intimacy of the perpetrators to their victims. There were closing remarks and reflections on the day lead by the JHGC team.
This collaboration was able to make the history of European Jewry come alive to South African Tshepana township students.