January 27, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp in World War II. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day to honor the victims of the Holocaust. This year's commemoration at Holocaust Museum Houston includes a panel discussion by Consul Generals of Israel, Germany and Japan followed by "Whistle: My Mother was Mengele's Secretary," a short one-woman play on second generation Holocaust survivors featuring Hadar Galron.
Distinguished panelists include Consul General of Israel to the Southwest U.S. Gilad Katz, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Thomas Meister, Consul General of Japan Hideo Fukushima and Randy Czarlinsky, director of the American Jewish Committee Houston. The panel discussion topic encompasses the moral obligation of the international community, including a talk-back with questions from the audience. In conjunction with the discussion topic, the Museum will display eight panels of the photo exhibitions Beyond Duty, the story of diplomats recognized as "Righteous Among the Nations" that came to the aid of Jews during the Holocaust, on view at Rice University's Rayzor Hall through the 2020 spring semester.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020 is sponsored by Holocaust Museum Houston, Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest U.S., Israeli American Council, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Houston Hillel, and Rice University's Jewish Studies Program, Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance and The Baker Institute for Public Policy.