Students of the Technological Institute of Ciudad Victoria (ITCV) in Tamaulipas, Mexico, reflected on one of the most relevant events in human history at the University Forum "The Holocaust and Human Rights".
Through the Educating to Remember Program, the Global Embassy of Peace Activists (GEAP) held the event that welcomed more than 1,100 students from different educational institutions, as well as distinguished personalities and panelists of wide trajectory.
Holocaust survivor, Dolly Hirsch and Ernesto Mansur de la Mora, Director of Economic Development of Ciudad Victoria and representative of the city's mayor, were among the special guests.
Also in attendance was professor and researcher of the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas, José Cabrales, and Fidel Aguillón, director of ITCV.
Education and society
The campus director, Fidel Aguillón, was in charge of the opening ceremony, where he thanked the students and the general public for their assistance, and also emphasized:
"Today is a unique experience, in this talk, the Holocaust. A great truth of what happened to the Jews, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, the 'mentally weak'; this is an experience that we do not want occurring anywhere, and we do not want to live it. "
Ernesto Mansur, municipal president of Ciudad Victoria, in his presentation pointed out the importance of reflecting and analyzing the origin and consequences of the Holocaust, and assured that deepening these facts will allow a more humane society to be built.
"Respect for human rights and the restoration of the tranquility and peace of citizens is one of the Government's highest priorities; to know that man can only be fulfilled and be happy if he lives in peace."
Professor José Cabrales, lecturer on the topic "The Importance of Educating on the Holocaust", referred to how the rule of law emerged in theory after 1789.
"The Holocaust was an extermination, the use of the human being for other purposes. Immanuel Kant said:" You should not treat the human being as an instrument, but as a goal,” said, Cabrales.
Holocaust survivor Dolly Hirsch spoke about what she called 'the big lie of the Germans'. She also mentioned that there were things she could never forget, such as the smell of the great bucket of human remains.
"There was a sign that said, “Work frees you." (We have clothes, we are going eat, we have a place to live ...) You went down those stairs, and at the end there was a place where you left your clothes, here your necklace ...; Then they took you to the showers, and they were not water, they were from Zyklon B, which was a poison that killed you; from there you did not go out, from there you went straight to the crematorium ovens and there the wind spread your ashes,” said Hirsch.
It is necessary to be at peace
Paloma Guerra presented the paper "Architecture as a model for the formulation of principles and values in the creation of an integral ethics." During her speech highlighted:
"For me, the human being is like a building: if it does not have a good foundation, it falls. Architecture is really a reference, it's just an architectural approach to what the human being really feels. A building is not built with the simple fact of existing, but for the abode of being; which makes us true human beings."
"Youth, fertile field to be planted the seed of peace," was the theme developed by youth leader Daniel Carrera; in his statement said:
"When youth gets going, change is inevitable. Peace is an emotion that brings calmness and tranquility, love brings peace; it is necessary to be at peace with those around us."
Agreement for peace
As part of the program, the ITCV signed an agreement for the integration of ALIUP, with the objective of carrying out work for the development of a culture of peace, and the inclusion of the Chair for Peace in its holistic and integral formation.
The Forum culminated in the inauguration of the Holocaust Photo Gallery and other genocides, a space that allowed attendees to point out a fact that should not be repeated.