United Nations to screen movie in observance of holocaust

The United Nations Information Centre in Accra will honour the heroic actions of 12 diplomats who showed moral courage and integrity to help save the lives of Jews and other minorities during the Second World War.

The centre will therefore screen the award-winning documentary film “The Rescuers” at the Goethe Institute in Accra on Tuesday, 29 January at 1300 hours.

This was contained in press release copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Monday.

Directed by Emmy Award-winning Filmmaker Michael King and produced by Joyce D. Mandell, “The Rescuers” takes the viewer on a journey to examine how the holocaust unfolded in a number of countries in Europe.

The story is told through the eyes of Stephanie Nyombayire, Rwandan anti- genocide activist who lost members of her family in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and pre-eminent Historian, Sir Martin Gilbert who lost family members in the holocaust.

As they travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the rescuers, Ms Nyomnayire and Mr Gilbert explore the mystery of goodness in the face of danger.

Among those who featured in the film are German Diplomat and Nazi Party Member George F. Duckwitz in Copenhagen, Americans Varian Fry and Hiram Bingham in Marseilles, Japanese Consul Chiune Sugihara and the Dutch Jan Zwartendijk in Kaunas among others.

The film screening will be preceded by the international poster competition for students of Art and Design to be launched by the Commissioner of Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Ms Lauretta Vivian Lamptey.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator will present the statement of the United Nations Secretary General while Dr Kwabena Adu-Boahen, Lecturer; University of Cape Coast will lead a discussion following the screening.

The Holocaust and the United Nations outreach programme was established by General Assembly Resolution 60/7 to deepen education about the remembrance of the Holocaust to help prevent future acts of genocide.

Its multifaceted programmes includes online and print educational products, seminars, exhibitions, a film series and the annual worldwide observance of the international Day of Commemoration in memory of victims of the Holocaust each 27 January. GNA

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