Press Release

Remembering the Holocaust victims in Turkmenistan

30 January 2023

  • The United Nations in Turkmenistan jointly with the Embassy of Israel held the Holocaust Remembrance event under the guiding theme for this year “Home and Belonging”. The meeting explored how victims adjusted their ideas of “home” and “belonging” as they faced the violent, antisemitic onslaught during the Holocaust, and what “home” and “belonging” meant to survivors in the immediate post-war years frame.

Speakers representing the Diplomatic and Jewish communities in the country noted that such events provide opportunities to develop a deeper appreciation of the victims and survivors. They stressed  “placing the victims and survivors in the centre of historical research, and that learning and remembrance illuminates the humanity of victims of atrocities today, and the impact of antisemitism fueled by disinformation and the distortion of history. Focusing on the humanity of victims prompts us to remember our humanity, and our responsibility to combat hate speech, combat antisemitism and prejudice - to do all we can to prevent genocide”.

Following the panel discussion and music interlude the participants explored the photo exhibition “The Butterfly project: remembering the children of the Holocaust” that outlined the impact of the Holocaust on children, and showcases an educational initiative called "The Butterfly Project" developed by Holocaust Museum Houston to teach this history to young people, encourage them to remember the 1.5 million children who perished and to stand up against hatred and prejudice.

“Remembering, discussing and learning about the Holocaust is important not only because it helps us gain a better understanding of the past, but because it also raises awareness about contemporary forms of antisemitism, xenophobia and other forms of hatred. It illustrates how these can create the preconditions for genocide”, noted Dmitry Shlapachenko, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan during his welcoming remarks.

UN entities involved in this initiative

International Organization for Migration
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Resident Coordinator Office
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Population Fund
United Nations Children’s Fund
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
World Health Organization

Goals we are supporting through this initiative