Panel Discussion in an event marking the International Day of Holocaust Commemoration


Panel discussion is an event marking the International Day of Holocaust Commemoration.

This panel discussion will follow a screening of the movie Dear Fredy, that will take place on Monday, 28 January, at 18:30, in the Top-Kino movie theatre in Vienna.

This year’s movie, ‘Dear Fredy’, tells the story of Fredy Hirsch, a German athlete and openly gay man, who was 19 years old when the Nuremberg Laws were published and forced him to flee to the Czech Republic. He began his activities as a sports teacher in a Jewish youth club, and soon became his students’ object of admiration. With the deportation of Jews to Ghetto Terezin, Fredy was appointed head of the youth department and dealt with over than 4,000 youth. When he arrived in Auschwitz, Fredy did not succumb to despair and ran a day-care centre for 600 kids. Fredy was admired by his kids and fought to his last breath to maintain their human dignity.

Some general context regarding this event:

Every year around this time, the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations in Vienna and United Nations Information Service in Vienna (UNIS) join forces in commemorating the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

One of the main events during these days is the yearly screening of a movie followed by a panel discussion, taking place in the ‘Top- Kino’ movie theatre in the city.

Following this year’s movie (74 min), we will hold a 45 min long panel discussion with 3 participants, moderated by Martin Nesirky, Director of UNIS Vienna. The panel participants are invited to introduce aspects of their work and expertise related to the Holocaust. Traditionally, one of the participants is the film maker himself, in this case- Director Rubi Gat who will arrive from Israel.

The issues that could be touched upon during the panel discussion remain flexible and are decided in coordination with the participants. In this case, there are many issues that could be discussed, specific issues such as: the 70th year commemoration of Kristallnacht, issues stemming from the movie itself such as LGBTQI in the holocaust, youth in the concentration camps, ex. or more general topics such as Holocaust education and commemoration or the seeking of justice for the victims.