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Holocaust remembrance at the Ambassador’s Residence

Date: 
18 février 2013

Back in 2000, an international forum attended by representatives of 46 governments took place in Stockholm to discuss Holocaust education. A joint declaration was adopted and the Task Force on International Holocaust Remembrance, Education and Research was launched. At a meeting in Belgium last December, the 31 members of the ‘Stockholm Declaration’ decided to adopt the name ‘International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’.

In the context of Belgium’s current chairmanship of the Alliance, Ambassador Johan Verbeke organised on 13 February an evening of remembrance and discussion about Holocaust education at his residence.

Ambassador Jan Deboutte
Ambassador Jan Deboutte

The evening started with the screening of ‘Children without a shadow’ (by Belgian writer/director Bernard Balteau), a moving documentary about Professor Shaul Harel (Charlie Hilsberg), now an eminent paediatric neurologist in Israel, and other Jewish children hidden in Belgium during World War II. The documentary was followed by a panel discussion and a testimony from Mrs Regina Sluszny, Chair of ‘Les enfants caches de Belgique’ who was herself a hidden child in Belgium during the war. Moving young persons’ perspectives came from Lucy Hamwijk and Callum Devine, acting young ambassadors for Holocaust Education. Sir Andrew Burns, UK Envoy for post-Holocaust issues and Ambassador Jan Deboutte, current Chair of theInternational Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, also took part in the discussion.

Mrs R. Sluszny and Ms L. Hamwijk
Mrs R. Sluszny and Ms L. Hamwijk

The evening was attended by some 60 guests, among whom representatives of the Holocaust Educational TrustThe Anne Frank Trust UK, a number of other embassies and several holocaust survivors.

Guests remembering the Holocaust
Guests remembering the Holocaust