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Press Release for UNIHRD 2018

Strong messages from 2018 Holocaust observance

Linking this year’s United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day (UNIHRD) with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission’s campaign “Give nothing to racism” produced some very forthright statements at the commemoration ceremonies.

Many speakers quoted the slogan “Be an upstander, not a bystander”.

At the Makara Jewish Cemetery’s Holocaust Memorial ceremony, the peaceful rural surroundings of grazing sheep and electricity-generating windmills were contrasted with the day in 2004 when nearly a hundred Jewish graves were vandalized and the prayer house reduced to a smoking shell.


Paul Seideman Award: Junior Winner

The winning entry in the Junior section was a short documentary video created and produced by Seb Bartley of Cambridge High School.

UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day speech by Dame Susan Devoy, Race Relations commissioner

Hate starts small: New Zealanders must not be bystanders to racism

This week I was sent screenshots of hateful, antisemitic Facebook posts. Part of honouring our incredibly brave Holocaust survivors is calling out bigotry wherever we see it, says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy

Last year the Human Rights Commission launched New Zealand’s first anti-racism campaign. It called on everyday Kiwis to recognise the seeds of hate and to not be a bystander, but to call racism or prejudice out when we see it.


Chris Bishop's Speech

Chris Bishop, MP for Hutt South

Speech at United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Grand Hall, Parliament

26 January 2018

It’s an honour to deliver this address, commemorating the 73rd Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27th 1945, a day which has come to be known as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Today we remember the death of six million Jews, including 1.5 million children, and the death of millions of Poles, Russians, Roma, the disabled, political opponents, and homosexuals under the Nazi onslaught.


Kasa Bainesay Harbor's Speech

UN International Holocaust memorial Remembrance Day, Wellington January 2018

Israeli Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Mrs Kasa Bainesay Harbor 

We have gathered here today to remember and to show our respect to the victims of the Holocaust.

Six Million Jews, one third of the Jewish nation, were murdered by Nazis in the Shoa-Holocaust.

One and a half million of these murdered Jews were innocent children whose whole life was still ahead of them. Each and every one of them, men, women, children, had  a name, had a loving family, had friends, dreams, aspirations and life of their own.

Each Jewish child who was murdered had a future ahead of him- potential capabilities that never materialized.


Robyn Baker's speech


E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e rau rangatira mā

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

(To all authorities, all voices, to the many chiefs gathered here Greetings, greetings, greetings to everyone)

Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has actively participated in the commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day for many years now, and our commitment to this important day remains as strong as ever. We are also active supporters of the Human Rights Commission’s work. In 2016 we sponsored the Commission’s ‘That’s Us’ campaign. And we are extremely proud and highly supportive of the Human Rights Commission’s ‘Give Nothing to Racism’ campaign. We are delighted that the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand is focusing its theme this year around this campaign’s powerful message. Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day to pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.


United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day Public Ceremony

The Holocaust Centre of NZ, in conjunction with: New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO,
Wellington City Council, NZ Human Rights Commission, Wellington Regional Jewish Council, Council of Jewish Women, B’Nai Brith (Wellington Unit), and Wilson Funeral Home invite you to join us as we honour and remember the victims & survivors of the Holocaust and stand together against racism and prejudice.

The ceremony will take place on Friday the 26th of January 2018 at 1pm at Makara Cemetery, Wellington. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details of free public transport leaving Molesworth St, Thorndon & Karori en route.

A flyer for the event is available here.

Dame Susan Devoy and Holocaust survivor and HCNZ director Inge Woolf warn about dangers of hate speech

Read about the 2017 event here.

Watch news coverage of the 2017 event, including video interviews of them here:



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