The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated on 27 January. The purpose of this day is to remember the victims of the Holocaust, to reflect on the threat of antisemitism, and to reaffirm the importance of tolerance. In order to mark this date, an online meeting was organised by the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, the Public Defender’s Office, the Center for Tolerance at the Public Defender’s Office and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to discuss the historical path of the Holocaust and its consequences, the possibilities of condemning each manifestation of antisemitism and to present interesting and important facts from the history of coexistence of Georgians and Jews in Georgia.
The opening remarks were addressed by Natalia Voutova, the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, Nino Lomjaria, the Public Defender, Ran Gidor, the Ambassador of Israel to Georgia and Adam Schmidt, Director of Democracy, Governance & Social Development, USAID Georgia
The event was moderated by Beka Mindiashvili, the Head of the Tolerance Center. The online event was followed by the discussion where representatives of academia, local and international organisations, students and other stakeholders were present.
The Holocaust is the name given to the systematic murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and their allies during the Second World War. As well as Jews, other groups were persecuted for their perceived racial and biological inferiority. The United Nations declared 27 January as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005 and called on states to work to raise awareness of Holocaust atrocities.
The recording of the webinar on ‘Understanding the Holocaust - the Historical Path and its Consequences’ is available online in Georgian.The event is conducted in the framework of the “I Choose Equality” campaign run by the co-operation project “Fight against Discrimination, Hate Crimes and Hate Speech in Georgia”. The project is implemented under the Council of Europe’s Action Plan for Georgia 2020-2023 with the support of the Danish Neighbourhood Programme in Georgia (DANEP)