The International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust was held on 28th January 2013 at Diamond Jubilee Hall, Yangon University in Yangon, Myanmar. The event was organized by Ministry of Education, the United Nations, Embassy of Israel, and Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany together with the support of American Centre, French Institute and British Council. H.E. Deputy Minister for Education, Dr. Myo Myint gave the opening remarks, followed by the message of the United Nations Secretary General read by United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Information Centre director Mr. Ashok Nigam. The ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Mr. Christian Ludwig Weber –Lortsch and the ambassador of Israel, H.E. Mr. Hagay Moshe Behar each gave welcome remarks at the event. Dr. Tin Tun, Rector of Yangon University and rectors, professors, lecturers and students from the different universities in Yangon as well as representatives from Diplomatic missions and the United Nations Offices in Myanmar and honored guests participated in the event .
Two lectures titled “Janus Korczak –The Educator and the Humanist” and “Ultra- Nationalism and Ethnic Cleansing in History “are given by Ms. Orit Magarliot, Lecturer for the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem and Dr. Kyaw Win, Part time Professor, Department of History University of Yangon and Secretary of Myanmar Historical Commission. The morning session of the event was concluded by the Commemoration Ceremony and Screening of Short film, “The Last Korczak Boy”. In the afternoon session, there was a seminar on “Holocaust: Past, Present and Future in Education”. The participants showed their great interest in the event as well as the exhibitions, “To Bear Witness” from Yad Vashem, “Drawing Korczak Books” by the Israeli Drawing Association and “Rescue: Traits that Transcend” from the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.