Community Relations Commission of NSW
Children urged to have the courage to care
An important exhibition that aims to inform and educate Australians about the dangers of prejudice and discrimination by exposing them to survivors of the Holocaust was launched tonight by the Chair of the NSW Community Relations Commission, Stepan Kerkyasharian AO.
The Courage to Care exhibition, titled ‘Ordinary People – Extraordinary Acts’, pays respect to those who risked their lives to rescue Jews and other minorities during the Holocaust, using it as an example of how one person can make a difference to those being persecuted.
Visitors to the exhibition, which opens to the public tomorrow at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, will have an opportunity to meet Holocaust survivors and their rescuers. They will also be able to view personal items and testimonies of Holocaust survivors.
Speaking at the opening tonight, Mr. Kerkyasharian said: “This is a classic example of studying the past to ensure the evils of history are never repeated.
“It is particularly important for Australian children to know that the Holocaust occurred and what it meant. Their world, thankfully, is so far removed from the horrors of the Nazi regime that they would never contemplate such tragedy occurring in the modern era,” he said.
“Children should understand that even from acts of bullying or aggression in the school yard, tolerance of discrimination and hatred can fester.
“This exhibition focuses on the importance of standing up for victims of bullying and prejudice.
“I urge parents and teachers to bring their children to the exhibition and to sensitively expose them to these significant facts of history.
“I congratulate the Chairman of Courage to Care, Andrew Havas, on this wonderful initiative and I endorse his belief that the experiences lived during World War Two are as relevant today as they were then”, Mr. Kerkyasharian said.
The Courage to Care exhibition, which will be held at the gallery from 15 March to 21 April, has already toured parts of regional NSW. Admission to the exhibition is free.