Edited by: TJVNews.com
On Monday morning, Holocaust survivor Esther Geizhals gave her testimony in front of 100 students, parents, and faculty members from the diverse HLA Brooklyn community, in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. HLA Middle School hosted the Consulate General of Israel in New York, along with consuls from Panama, Germany, and Canada.
The program included remarks from Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York; Council Member Chaim Deutsch; Deputy Borough President Chaplain Ingrid P. Lewis-Martin; Heiko Schwarz, Consul Head of Political Department at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York; Viceconsul Vilma De Bello, Consulate General of Panama; and Caroline Desrochers, Consul and Head of Political Department, Consulate General of Canada in New York.
“We must tell the stories of Holocaust survivors and educate younger generations about how it came to take place,” said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who represents the 8th congressional district where the commemoration occurred this morning. “That duty becomes even more urgent as we combat the disturbing rise of antisemitism in New York and across the nation. The Consulate General of Israel and all involved here should be commended for their efforts in this regard.”
“The Holocaust was the worst human atrocity in our history,” said Ambassador Dani Dayan. “As we join together today to listen to Esther Geizhal’s story on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we must vow to never again be indifferent. When we encounter antisemitism, it isn’t enough to say, ‘I’m not a part of it.’ We must all take a stand.”
“Today, we remember the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust. At a time when antisemitism is unfortunately on the rise in New York, we must redouble our efforts to eradicate the scourge of hate and build a tolerant, inclusive future,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “The Consulate General of Israel’s emphasis on education could not be more critical, which is why we been proud to partner with the Anti-Defamation League on their ‘No Place for Hate’ educational program, as well as engaging young people for our ‘Breaking Bread, Building Bonds’ initiative. By educating each other about our differences and our history, we can ensure that we never forget.”
In a climate of growing antisemitism, the Consulate General of Israel sees this event as both relevant and crucial to raising awareness and educating future generations. For this year’s International Holocaust Memorial Day, the Consulate General of Israel in New York is focusing its efforts on educating students of all ages.