Lectures and Exhibitions
HETI arranges public lectures and exhibitions throughout Ireland. Many are organised through the Library Service of Ireland. HETI produces special booklets for each exhibition for everyone to take home. Many libraries arrange ‘school days’, and speakers from HETI always elicit a positive response from students and the general public.
The National Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration
The national Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration takes place in Dublin on the Sunday nearest to the 27 January every year. It is organised under the auspices of HETI in association with the Department of Justice and Equality and Dublin City Council. The ceremony cherishes the memory of all of the victims of the Holocaust, six million Jewish people and millions of others who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators because of their ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliations or their religious beliefs. The ceremony includes survivors’ recollections, readings, candle-lighting, the Scroll of Names and music. More than 100 school pupils from all over Ireland attend and some of them participate in the readings.
The Crocus Project Launch
Klaus Unger dedicated an Irish oak tree to the memory of all of the children who perished in the Holocaust, which was planted by Suzi Diamond, Holocaust survivor (Bergen-Belsen). The tree planting took place in Russborough House, Co. Wicklow and coincided with the European launch of The Crocus Project 2017/18. Local school children from Gaelscoil na Lochanna planted yellow crocus bulbs around the base of the tree and Suzi shared her story with the school children and with everyone present.
The Crocus Project is an Irish initiative and was introduced in 2005. It now includes the participation of twelve European countries. It is suitable for pupils aged eleven years and older. HETI provides yellow crocus bulbs to school for students to plant in Autumn in memory of all of the children who perished in the Holocaust: 1.5 million Jewish children and thousands of other children who were victims of Nazi atrocities. The yellow flowers recall the yellow Stars of David that Jewish people were forced to wear under Nazi rule. The crocuses bloom at the end of January, around the time of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. When people admire the flowers, young people can explain what they represent and what happened to the children.