Holocaust Memorial Exhibition opens in Dubai
A Holocaust memorial exhibition, the first of its kind in the Arab world, opened in Dubai.
The “We Remember” exhibit at the Crossroads of Civilizations Museum features first-hand accounts of Holocaust survivors.
Rabbi Levi Duchman, Rabbi of the United Arab Emirates, told Euronews that it is essential to help build the foundations of the Jewish community in Dubai.
“The fact that this museum presented a Holocaust memorial exhibit is something really important. It is a place where we can bring our children. We could bring schools from different communities to come and see the history of the Jewish people and what they went through in Europe, ”he said.
More than six million Jews were killed by the Nazis between 1941 and 1945. This exhibition aims to remember what happened during the Holocaust and to educate over 200 nationalities in Dubai.
Organized by Yael Grafy, it also includes a section entirely dedicated to Arabs and Muslims who helped save Jews.
“This is one of the greatest crimes against humanity. It was really important to us, alongside the other galleries on tolerance and other communities… we wanted to show hope and show Muslims and people from the area who helped save people. ” Said Yael Grafy.
A life-size image of a young boy, “Boy from the Warsaw Ghetto” surrounded by weapons of war, is the centerpiece of the gallery. Other highlights include the stories of Selahattin Ülkümen – the Turkish diplomat who helped save some Rhodes Jews from deportation, and of Dr. Mohammed Helmy – an Egyptian doctor who saved several Jews from Nazi persecution in Berlin.
Museum founder Ahmed Obaid AlMansoori said the timing of the exhibition is right as parts of the Middle East region are opening up and steps are being taken to normalize relations between countries, “there is have had many incidents and trends with a rise in anti-Semitism lately and racism around the world, so I think now is the right time for that. ” He said Dubai has a “system and culture of union and solidarity”, adding “this is the place where people can come and learn from our experience of union”.