International Holocaust Memorial Day 2012



International Holocaust Memorial Day 2012
3pm - 5pm
Friday, 27th January 2012
Tembusu Multi-purpose Hall

Professor Tommy Koh, Rector, Tembusu College

Speakers (15 minutes each):
Her Excellency Angelika Viets
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore
The historical significance of the Holocaust to Europe and the world

Mr Richard Magnus
Member of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights
The significance of the Holocaust to our struggle against all forms of racial discrimination and for human rights

Professor Mahdev Mohan
Assistant Professor, School of Law, Singapore Management University
The significance of the Holocaust to our combat against genocide and other mass atrocities

Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed
Former Senior Minister of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Holocaust and the importance of inter-faith dialogue, harmony and mutual respect


The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.