Wonderful team of volunteers

Wonderful team of volunteers

Why and what we learn from the Holocaust today in Japan

Morning session

Morning session

Screening of the film "Shoah"

MC - Eri and Marino

MC - Eri and Marino

Afternoon session

Afternoon session

Symposium with three panelists

Panelist, Makoto Otsuka

Panelist, Makoto Otsuka

Director, Holocaust Education Center, Hiroshima

Panelist, Kenji Takahashi

Panelist, Kenji Takahashi

Professor, Tottori University

Panelist, Fumiko Ishioka

Panelist, Fumiko Ishioka

Director, Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center







A few artifacts which have special connection to Japan

Closing remarks

Closing remarks

by the UN University Rector, Dr.David Maroon

The UN General Assembly designated January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The 2015 ceremony will be one of the most significant as it is the 70th anniversary

of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp at Auschwitz

and it will probably be the last anniversary to be commemorated at Auschwitz

in the presence of a large group of survivors.


Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, is calling for

the commemoration of this day all over the world.


With the support of the United Nations University,

the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center is holding a symposium

to commemorate and to promote the universal lessons of the Holocaust.


   As Dr. Cywiński says, “…the road to the most terrible tragedies is surprisingly simple.

All you need is social frustration, a bit of demagoguery, an imaginary enemy, a moment of madness...” It could happen anywhere.

Here in Japan, we also urgently need to teach our young generation

about the dangers of hatred, bigotry, intolerance, and prejudice.


We appreciate your kind understanding and support

for International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015 in Tokyo

to call for participation of especially young university students.


*The event will be held in Japanese, but for the symposium

there will be a little assistance in English with powerpoint.


9:30am     Door opens

10:00am   Screening of the film "SHOAH" by Claude Lanzmann(Part 1, 154min)      

          *Subtitles are in Japanese.

12:45pm   Break

13:00pm   Door opens for the afternoon session

13:30pm   Symposium "Why and how we learn about the Holocaust in Japan"

15:20pm   Closing remarks by Dr. David Malone, Rector, United Nations University


Fumiko Ishioka, Director, Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center

MA in Development Studies at Leeds University(UK). After working as a temporary staff at the UN Policy Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 2 years, she started working as director of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center in 1998. Protagonist of the award-winning children's book “Hana’s Suitcase” and the documentary film “Inside Hana's Suitcase”). She received an Honorary Ph.D in Education from York University in Canada in 2006. THERC’s outreach programs have visited more than 900 schools and reached out to 200,000 students. She also lectures at Kobe Gakuin University since 2008 and Aichi University of Education since 2010.


A few Holocaust items which have unique connection to Japan will be exhibited.


United Nations University, 12F meeting room

Address : Jingumae 5-53-70, Shibuya-ku,

                 Tokyo 150-8925


Access :  5-min walk from Omotesando station

                (Exit B2) (Chiyoda, Ginza, & Hanzomon lines)

                10-min walk from Shibuya station


Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center


Holocaust Education Center, Mermaid FIlms


United Nations University

Embassy of Israel

British Embassy Tokyo

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria

Embassy of France

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Embassy of Hungary

Embassy of the Netherlands

Embassy of Republic of Poland

Embassy of Sweden

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Shinjuku-ku Board of Education

Rev. Makoto Otuska, Director, Holocaust Education Center, Hiroshima

In 1971, he met with Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, in Israel, which led him to dedicate his life to teaching Japanese children about the Holocaust. He was appointed as the Director General when Japan’s first Holocaust Education Center was founded in 1995 in Fukuyama city, Hiroshima. He has traveled extensively in Europe, which includes visit to 40 Nazi concentration camp sites. 250 Holocaust artefacts have been donated to his Center mainly from the survivors. His Center has received more than 140,000 visitors since its opening.

Kenji Takahashi, Professor, Tottori University

M.ed. at Tsukuba University.

He has taught at Senior High School at Otsuka at the University of Tsukuba, in Tokyo, Meikei High School in Ibaraki, Sakato Senior High School at the University of Tsukuba, and Asahi University in Gifu. He specializes in social studies education and history education. He was appointed as associate professor at Tottori University in 2011.