Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony
On January 27, 2019, the Consul General, Mrs. Sonia Doña Pérez, took part in the Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony, organized at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Center, by the latter and the cultural service of the French Embassy Pretoria. The text of the speech of the Consul General:
- Speech of the consul general of France
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This 27th of January marks the beginning of the eighty-year anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. At the ceremony, memorial candles were lit by Holocaust survivors. More than a hundred people were present.
The director of the Pretoria United Nations Information Center, Masimba Tafirenyika, spoke in an introduction to a videotaped message by Secretary-General António Guterres. German Ambassador to South Africa Martin Schaefer also spoke.
The French historian Renée Poznanski, doctor of political sciences (Science Po Paris), specialist of the Holocaust, spoke on the following theme "The Jews of France, 1940-1945".
Established in 2008 under the leadership of Tali NATES, herself a daughter of a Holocaust survivor, JH & GC moved to a building designed by architect Lewis LEVIN in the Forest Hill neighborhood of Johannesburg. Its architecture combining bricks and rails evokes the concentration camp process, while a path of white stones recalls the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Built through donations and in partnership with the Johannesburg City Hall, the center houses a conference room of two hundred places and a library and permanent and temporary exhibition spaces.
The JH & GC is dedicated to three missions:
the duty of memory, relating to crimes against humanity, especially the extermination of Jews and Gypsies in Europe and the Rwandan genocide, but also the genocide of Hereros and Namas, the genocide of the Armenians;
education, by setting up programs for middle and high school students, as part of the study of the Nazi genocide and the Rwandan genocide included in the school curriculum;
the promotion of fundamental human rights, particularly through the study and prevention of domestic violence, school violence and in South African society in general.
More information about the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide center: https://jhbholocaust.co.za/