Feb 19, 2017 Legal Comments Off on President speaks at Holocaust Remembrance Day event in Taipei
President Tsai Ing-wen spoke at a Holocaust Remembrance Day event in Taipei on Sunday. She said that Germany had worked for years to pave the way for an apology and reparations for the Jewish people and others who were killed in the Holocaust. The president also spoke about how Germany had created education programs for people of all ages, as well as anti-nazi legislation.
President Tsai said that Taiwan, a country which has human rights abuses in its own past, should learn from Germany's bravery in facing its history.
This year marks the second year that Taiwan has recognized Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is usually observed on January 27. This year's event was sponsored by the Israeli and German representative offices in Taipei, as well as the Ministry of Education and the National Central Library.
This year's event was particularly meaningful in light of an incident from December 16 last year, in which a group of students at Hsinchu City's Kuang-Fu High School dressed up in Nazi uniforms and held a parade as part of their school's anniversary ceremony. The display was met with strong protests from the German and Israeli trade offices in Taipei, and it sparked angry reactions both in Taiwan and abroad.
Some 139 students and teachers from that school participated in the Holocaust Remembrance Day event on Sunday. A student who spoke at the event said that after the incident, her school had made an effort to teach students more about the Holocaust.
Meanwhile, President Tsai said that there is insufficient understanding in Taiwan of the Holocaust, and that is what led to the incident at the high school. She also thanked Israeli officials for their understanding and for allowing the incident to become a teachable moment.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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