By Perry Trotter on J-Wire

In a weekend buzzing with activity in the coastal city of Tauranga, more than 500 turned out for a Holocaust Remembrance event held at the beautiful Performing Arts Centre, Bethlehem College on 25 January

The event, organised by the Holocaust and Antisemitism  Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand (formerly Shadows of Shoah) also served as the official launch of their new exhibition Auschwitz. Now.” 

A Powhiri (M?ori welcome ceremony), led by Kaumatua Huikakahu Kawe was held earlier in the day, in order to acknowledge the local iwi and receive their blessing.

Later, Kaumatua Tony Wihapi opened the evening event with a karakia (prayer). The evening was marked by solemnity as speakers recalled the genocide perpetrated on the Jewish people and pondered its significance…

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