This year has marked important achievements and milestones, in spite of the challenges faced in 2020. We had a record turnout for our annual visit by a Holocaust survivor, with over 5,000 people attending our events with award-winning author and Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss. The multiple school closures and restrictions forced us to revisit how we deliver our content. We further embraced new technology and expanded our online presence, generating more virtual events and programming. This quickly yielded tangible positive results as we discovered that we can attract more people online and significantly expand our geographic reach.
The pandemic also revealed how necessary and important Holocaust education remains. All around the world, we saw despicable acts of antisemitism, racism, and Holocaust denial proliferate with alarming speed. We must remain vigilant and become more effective in educating people about the Holocaust and the dangers of intolerance. More than anything else, it is the rapid increase in Holocaust denial that disturbs and worries survivors of the Shoah themselves. So far, their testimony has been the most powerful ‘vaccine’ against Holocaust denial, but what will happen when they are no longer with us? This highlights the importance of our work, as we continue to offer educational programming to ensure the message of tolerance stemming from Holocaust awareness is not forgotten.
We at the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (HKHTC) are committed to preserving and delivering survivor testimony of the Holocaust. In 2021, we plan to introduce an exciting new platform - based on cutting edge technology - to bring Holocaust education into schools, universities, as well as our numerous partner organisations in Hong Kong, Macau, and the region. Please stay tuned for further details!
We are delighted that most of our programmes and events - in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin - went ahead during this pandemic year and that we were able to significantly expand our total audience from last year.
THANK YOU to all those who joined us, whether in person or online, and THANK YOU to all our generous donors and sponsors. We sincerely appreciate your support, generosity and commitment to preserve the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and advance Holocaust and tolerance education.
Warmest wishes for the new year! May it be a year of peace, joy, and good health!