In commemoration of the International Holocaust Memorial Day, the Foreign Service Institute, in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel in the Philippines, hosted the Mabini Dialogue “Understanding the Holocaust: A Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust” at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Main Lobby on 5 May 2016.
The event’s guest speaker was Ms. Angelica Rose Noel, a graduate student of the University of Haifa in Israel specializing on Holocaust Studies. She shared narratives of the Holocaust survivors whom she personally had the opportunity of meeting. She relived the tales of how the Nazi tyranny victimized millions and explained how this was perpetuated by propaganda that mobilized society against the Jews.
In her lecture, Ms. Noel emphasized that one cannot fully understand the Holocaust phenomenon by just hearing a few narratives. For her, its complexity sets the Holocaust apart from other accounts of genocide. Ms. Noel further stated the importance of public discourse in imparting the Holocaust knowledge and understanding to future generations.
Toward the end of the lecture, the short video “Open Doors” was played featuring the role of the Philippines in providing refuge for the victims under the leadership of President Manuel L. Quezon III.
A week-long photo exhibit titled “The Courage to Remember” was also opened and will run on 5-12 May 2016 at the DFA Main Lobby.