International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust in Melbourne

L1020183In commemoration of the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, 200 people gathered in historic St Kilda Town Hall, Melbourne to mark the United Nations International Day.

Survivors and descendants of survivors attended the commemoration on the 27th of January which included a candle-lighting ceremony and an audio-visual presentation.

Genocide survivor, Aubert Ruzigandekwe gave an intensely moving account of his personal journey of survival in Rwanda.

UNIC Canberra Director, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe gave the keynote address to the audience of community group and government representatives about the role of the United Nations’ Holocaust educational outreach programmes and partnerships.

“We realise that no one person or organisation has all the answers but that it is only through working together that we can confront the Holocaust and keep the memory alive,” he said.

Mr Woodthorpe read the Secretary-General’s message that highlighted the observance’s theme “Journeys through the Holocaust”, through its focus on the Secretary-General’s visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi Concentration camp.