In continuation of the activities marking the 2015 International Day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the holocaust, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, in partnership with Femi Arts Warehouse, unveiled what is probably the world’s largest straw-mat showing the world map and messages of the Holocaust Remembrance.Measuring 47ft. x 35 ft. and spread at the premises of UNIC Lagos, the straw-mat made of tropical natural grass provided a guide to hundreds of students and teachers who gathered to observe the Holocaust Remembrance Day as they took a tour.
Guiding the students, the National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun, urged them to avoid hatred and hate remarks against people due to differences in tribes, languages, gender, geographical locations or physical and mental abilities. He pinpointed the location of Germany on the mat and got some of the students to read to the audience, the inscribed messages which included few of the Secretary General’s quotations on the Holocaust. .
The messages and quotations included: ‘We remind the world of the lessons to be learnt from the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide’; ‘Holocaust… Never Again!’; My hope is that our generation, and those to come, will summon that same sense of collective purpose to prevent such horror from happening again anywhere, to anyone or any group, and build a world of equality for all – Ban Ki-moon’; Denying historical facts, especially on such an important subject as the Holocaust, is just not acceptable… – Ban Ki-moon’ and ‘Approximately 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators’; among others.
‘I have really learnt a lot about the Holocaust today. It was a horrible event. God forbids a reoccurrence’, observed Miss Mabel Akpokwe (16 years) of New Era Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Surulere Lagos.
The straw-mat would be handed over to the management of the National Museum for safe storage and management.
Speaking, the Director of Femi Arts Warehouse, Mr Femi Coker, encouraged the students to develop interest in documenting and learning from history.