Here’s a round-up of UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018 in New Zealand…

Strong messages from 2018 Holocaust observance… writes David Zwartz for J-Wire.

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…

Read David Zwartz’s article on J-Wire here.

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand has full coverage of the day on its website. Click here to view articles, read speeches, watch videos, and see photos from the 2018 UNIHRD events at the Makara Jewish Cemetery’s Holocaust Memorial ceremony and the Parliamentary reception hosted by MP Chris Bishop.

Read Race Relations Commissioner, Susan Devoy’s, UNIHRD speech here.

[PHOTO ABOVE: Shona McFarlane Retirement Village resident and Holocaust survivor Paul Seideman with Hutt South MP Chris Bishop and this year’s winners of his competition – Anna Sue (Mt Roskill Grammar School) and Seb Bartley (Cambridge High School). Photo: Sarah Williams.]