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Not political they say? Neutral from governments and the activities of the world they say? How many times do you see words with "political references" in the documents listed below? Not to mention, that these "Memorial Day" and "Living History Projects" and celebrations would be considered as being "part of the world" in literature published by the Watchtower Society themselves! Oh! and by the way, ANCA stands for: Armenian National Committee of America, which is one of the [largest] grass-root [political] organizations in the world! Does the Watchtower's Public Affairs Office see any problem with listing their name with this political organization as a Holocaust Organizer? Not at all! http://www.anca.org/action_alerts/actionalerts.php?aaid=16
|HELP ENGLAND'S ARMENIAN COMMUNITY STOP THE EXCLUSION OF THE GENOCIDE FROM HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY|
|An action alert circulated by the Committee for the Recognition of the Armenian Genocide [email protected] London, England (12/13/2000) |
England's Armenian community needs your help.
January 27th has been set aside by the British government as Britain's first Holocaust Memorial Day.
The official purpose of this commemoration is to "promote education and research about the Holocaust and other genocide... to make sure that the lessons of such events are fully learnt."
As a matter of policy, however, our Government has chosen to exclude any mention of the 1.5 million men, women and children killed in the Armenian Genocide.
The reasons cited by the British Government for not including the Armenian Genocide were that its mention would somehow detract from the "contemporary relevance" of the commemoration and risk diluting its message by including "too much history."
Last Updated: 1/30/01 What You Can Do
Contact the Holocaust Memorial Day organizers, members of the Steering Committee, and others involved in the planning of this commemoration.
A sample letter that you can "cut and paste" is provided below, though it would be more appropriate and have more impact if you write your own letter. If you prefer to communicate by telephone, a sample phone script is provided.
(Send a note to [email protected] to tell us what actions you have taken and to inform us of any responses that you
List of Organizations to Contact
1) The official website for UK's Holocaust Memorial Day is: www.holocaustmemorialday.gov.uk
Please visit this site and send a letter to the organizers of this commemoration.
2) Contact the official government departments involved in this issue:
-- Race Equality Unit
50 Queen Anne's Gate
London SW1H 9AT [email protected]
-- Department for Education and Employment
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BTwww.dfee.gov.uk
-- Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2-4 Cockspur St
London SW1Y 5DHwww.heritage.gov.uk
-- Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles St
London SW1A 2AH
-- Inner Cities Religious Council (ICRC)
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
4/K10 Eland House
London SW1E 5DU
Tel: (020) 7944 3704
Fax: (020) 7944 3709
Email: [email protected]www.detr.gov.uk
2) Contact the following non-governmental organizations involved
in this issue:
-- Aegis Genocide Prevention Initiative
The Aegis Trust
PO Box 2002
Newark, Notts. NG22 9ZG
Tel: 01623 836978
Fax: 01623 862950
Email: [email protected]www.aegistrust.org
-- Amnesty International
99-119 Rosebery Avenue
London, EC1R 4RE
Tel: 020 7814 6200
Fax: 020 7833 1510
Email: [email protected]www.amnesty.org.uk
-- Anne Frank Educational Trust UK
PO Box 11880, London N6 4LN
Tel: 020 8340 9077
Fax: 020 8340 9088
Email: [email protected]www.afet.org.uk
-- Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre
Laxton, Newark Notts, NG22 0PA
Tel: 01623 836627
Fax: 01623 836647
Email: [email protected]www.bethshalom.com
-- Board of Deputies of British Jews - Education Department
1-19 New Oxford Street
London, WC1A 1NU
Tel: 020 7543 5400
Fax: 020 7543 0010www.bod.org.uk
-- The Commission for Racial Equality
Elliot House, 10-12 Allington Street
London, SW1E 5EH
Tel: 020 7828 7022
Fax: 020 7630 7605
Email: [email protected]www.cre.gov.uk
-- The Council of Christians and Jews
5th Floor, 87 Albert Embankment
London, SE1 7PP
Tel: 020 7388
Fax: 020 7388 3305
Email: [email protected]www.jcrelations.net/index.htm
-- The Disability Rights Commission
Freepost, MID 02164
Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 9BR
Tel: 08457 622633
Fax: 08457 622611
Email: [email protected]www.drc-gb.org
-- Equal Opportunities Commission
Quay Street, Manchester
Tel: 0161 833 9244
-- The Holocaust Educational Trust
BCM Box 7892, London, WC1N 3XX
Tel: 020 7222 6822
Fax: 020 7233 0161
Email: [email protected]www.het.org.uk
-- Human Rights Watch
33 Islington High Street
London, N1 9LH
Tel: 020 7713 1995
Fax: 020 7713 1800www.humanrightswatch.com
-- The Imperial War Museum
London, SE1 6HZ
Tel: 020 7416 5313/5444
Fax: 020 7416 5440
Email: [email protected]www.iwm.org.uk
-- Institute of Contemporary History and Wiener Library
4 Devonshire Street
London, W1N 2BH
Tel: 020 7636 7247
Fax: 020 7436 6428
Email: [email protected]www.wienerlibrary.co.uk
-- Inter Faith Network
5-7 Taverstock Place
London WC1H 9SN
Tel. (020) 7388 0008
Fax. (020) 7387 7968
E-mail: [email protected]www.interfaith.org.uk-- Jehovah's Witnesses
Public Affairs Office
Watch Tower House
London NW7 1RN
Tel: 020 8906 2211
Fax: 020 8371 0051
E-mail: [email protected]www.disc.co.uk/standfirm/
-- London Jewish Cultural Centre
The Old House, c/o Kings College
London, NW3 7SZ
Tel: 020 7431 0345
Fax: 020 7431 0361
Email: [email protected]www.LJCC.org.uk
And who started this project? Was it not more "political" figures of the world? During a parliamentary debate in June 1997, the Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson
pledged to inform the public about what happened during the second world war, and the attitudes towards and beliefs about humankind that resulted in the Holocaust. This pledge was a response to various outbreaks of violence of a racist character and with overt Nazi connections, which had attracted a great deal of attention, and to a report revealing that far too many school pupils were not convinced that the Holocaust had ever taken place.
On the Prime Minister's initiative 'Living History', an information project on Holocaust related issues, was launched. Its purpose was to focus efforts on enhancing knowledge and awareness of the Holocaust, to stimulate discussion and thereby to strengthen awareness and recognition of human dignity and democracy.
The information activities forming part of the project mainly fall into four categories: organised public events, information for parents and the general public, school projects, and measures to support university based activities and research.
Published material includes the book Tell ye your children...
Living History has also offered pupils at schools throughout the country an opportunity to see films about Nazism and the Resistance. The screenings attracted over 200,000 pupils. A nine film video package was also distributed to every school. Some 40 seminars for teachers on the theme of the Holocaust and the foundations of society's value systems have also been held.
A Programme for Holocaust Research and Genocide Studies has been set up at Uppsala University. A website concerning the Holocaust, the first of its kind in Swedish, has been designed and installed. Sweden's adult education associations recently carried out a joint project aimed at setting up study circles based on Tell ye your children...
For more information, please inquire at the Living History desk in Folkets Hus.
And are Jehovah's Witnesses involved in this "worldly political" affair also? Oh yes! And they are quite proud of their accomplishments in this venture! http://www.chgs.umn.edu/Educational_Resources/Curriculum/Stockholm_International_Forum/Jehovah_s_Witnesses/jehovah_s_witnesses.html
Jehovah's Witnesses were among the first to suffer Nazi persecution. About 10,000 of them where directly punished or put in prisons and camps. Some 2,000 died, 360 by execution.
Since these facts are not wellknown, the "Living History" project is providing an opportunity to acquaint the public also with these "forgotten" victims of the Holocaust era.
In line with the basic idea of the "Living History" project, the Witnesses in Sweden share their history with the public by means of video documentaries and a traveling exhibition.
The video Jehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault is dubbed into Swedish. The Purple Triangles video is subtitled. Both are offered free of charge to schools and educational centers. In Sweden, the Witnesses show these films on request in schools and educational centers and give lectures about this part of Holocaust history.
The traveling exhibition, entitled "The Forgotten Victims of the Holocaust," including the award winning video film Jehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault, reaches a large audience.
Activities of Jehovah's Witnesses in line with the "Living History" project
Jehovah's Witnesses have produced four sets of a traveling exhibition entitled, "The Forgotten Victims of the Holocaust." Made up by 30 panels displaying hundreds of photographs of victims and survivors, as well as other items, it documents the cruel treatment of Witnesses and others in prisons and camps. Included in the exhibit are a model of a Jehovah's Witness prison uniform with the purple triangle mark and a replica of a guillotine used for decapitation of several Jehovah's Witnesses at the Brandenburg prison. The video documentary Jehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault is shown in connection with all the exhibitions.
The exhibition was premiered at a preview screening and a Press Conference held in the facilities of the Nordic Museum in Stockholm in January 1998. Since then, it has been shown in more than 130 places all over Sweden -- mainly in libraries and educational centers. By January 2000, more than 164,000 guests have seen the exhibition. It is booked until summer 2000.
About 500 trained volunteer workers, equipped with manuals explaining the items on display, serve as exhibition guides and assistants. To provide a historical summary of the experience of Jehovah's Witnesses, 214,000 copies of the August 22, 1995, issue of Awake! dealing with the Holocaust and the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the camps have been reprinted.
In order to let the public know about the exhibition, more than three million four-color invitation flyers and thousands of posters have been printed and distributed. Media representatives have attended and covered the subject. Interviews have been conducted with survivors, including some Jehovah's Witnesses now living in Sweden.
Headmasters and teachers in a great number of schools and educational centers have been contacted, and thus many school classes, students, and teachers have visited the exhibition.
On request, Jehovah's Witnesses give lectures in schools and universities based on their history in the context of the Holocaust. Discussions focus on ethics, morals, altruism, tolerance, and what can be learned from the horrors of the Nazi era in order to avoid future acts of genocide. Study guides and material for teachers and lecturers have been produced, and a number of such lessons have been presented in classes in many schools.
The aim of the activities of Jehovah's Witnesses, in line with the "Living History" project, is to present objective historical facts about the experience of the Witnesses as a group, not to inform about their religious beliefs.
So, it seems that Jehovah's Witnesses are proud to "get in line" with all the rest of the political aristocrats, and participate in worldly memorial day and remembrance day commemorations that are taking place.
Lets see what the Watchtower literature says about all of this, shall we?
Watchtower/2002/Feb/1st/page-13 states quote:
In connection with the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Swedish government initiated a nationwide educational campaign about the Holocaust. The project was called Living History. Jehovah’s Witnesses were invited to take part and to share their experiences.
The Witnesses responded by staging an exhibition entitled The Forgotten Victims of the Holocaust. It opened at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Strängnäs. Witness Holocaust survivors were on hand to share their experiences with the more than 8,400 visitors who came on the first day! By the end of 1999, the exhibition had appeared in over 100 museums and public libraries throughout Sweden, and some 150,000 people had seen it. Visitors included a number of government officials, who commented favorably on what they saw.
What was the result for Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watchtower Society for taking part in this "political" exhibition?
Well, the Watchtower article goes on to tell us:
After the exhibition had been shown in their area, one congregation reported a 30-percent increase in home Bible studies!
Yes, an increase in converts, which also means an increase in "financial" gains for the Watchtower Society!