Dar es Salaam, 26 January 2017-Youth in Tanzania have been urged by the German Ambassadors’ Consul and press officer Susan Keller to “stay alert of what other people try to convince them to believe”. Ms. Keller spoke to students, youth out of school and civil society representatives including the media during the commemoration in memory of the victims of the holocaust where she was the Guest of Honor.
The Holocaust was a turning point in history and its lessons have much to teach about the danger of extremism and prevention of genocide today. The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 60/7 in November, 2005 which created the Holocaust outreach programme to help prevent future acts of genocide by reminding the world of the lessons of the Holocaust.
During the commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, Keller expressed her personal feeling as a German citizen where she felt ‘sad, angry and filled with guilt about the holocaust crime committed by the German people’ and hence felt the urge to raise awareness of what happened in Germany. “Never again must Jewish people be treated with disrespect. Never again must Jewish people be killed.” She emphasized.
The commemoration held at the British Council Hall in the City was led by the theme: “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future.” The theme emphasizes the universal dimension of Holocaust education as a platform for building respect for human rights, increasing tolerance and defending our common humanity.
More than 100 youths in schools around Dar es Salaam, youth out of school centers and civil society organizations participated in the half-day event in which a film titled, “The Path to Nazi Genocide” was screened and a tour of an English and Kiswahili exhibition titled, “State of Deception: The power of Nazi propaganda took place.” The students also had an opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussions on the Holocaust and the victims of the tragedy.
The UN Information Centre information Officer, Stella Vuzo read out the UN Secretary General’s statement in which The UN Head-Antonio Guterres- decried the current global situation stating that, “Tragically, and contrary to our resolve, anti-Semitism continues to thrive. We are also seeing a deeply troubling rise in extremism, xenophobia, racism and anti-Muslim hatred. Irrationality and intolerance are back. This is in complete contrast to the universal values enshrined in the United Nations Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
Guterres sent a clarion call to all humanity, emphasizing that, “We can never remain silent or indifferent when human beings are suffering. We must always defend the vulnerable and bring tormentors to justice.” The UN Chief has committed that he will be in the frontline of the battle against anti-Semitism and all other forms of hatred.