Local Holocaust education

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 May, 2012, 12:00am
 

A Holocaust education centre is to open in Hong Kong on Monday with the aim of becoming a regional resource hub.

The centre will temporarily be located at Elsa High, a Jewish high school in Shau Kei Wan. It will focus on educating people about the massacre of more than six million Jews by the Nazis during the second world war.

'There is a good deal of interest coming out of China,' centre board member April Kaminsky said. 'I think what happened in Nanjing [the massacre carried out by Japanese troops in 1937] makes it interesting and relevant for them.'

The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre is working with Yad Vashem, the world centre for Holocaust research and education in Jerusalem, Israel, US film producer Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, and the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

Yad Vashem last year organised a seminar on the Holocaust for educators from Hong Kong, the mainland and Macau. The Shoah Foundation has been working with teachers affiliated with the Hong Kong centre to bring IWitness, an archive of testimonials by Holocaust survivors, to the region. More than 52,000 recordings in 32 languages, representing 56 countries, are available at Elsa High and HKUGA College in Wong Chuk Hang.

Kaminsky said learning about the period could help students spot the warning signs of murderous racism.

The centre is also working with teachers to design a course on the Holocaust for local schools using material from IWitness.

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