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Jewish Times Asia March 2015

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Regional News

Sara Atzmon visits Nepal and gives lectures on the Holocaust Holocaust survivor and artist Sara Atzmon made a trip to Nepal to attend the UN International Remembrance Day Ceremony in January.

Sara spent 10 days in the country. She gave lectures and shared her story of the Holocaust with students from a number of schools and colleges. She also gave a lecture at the Kathmandu University for faculty members and students. Her visit was organised by Israel’s embassy in Nepal. To-

gether with the UN, German and American embassies and Alliance Francaise Kathmandu, an art exhibition and seminar was organised from 28 January to 4 February at the Alliance Française office in Kathmandu. This exhibition was an opportunity for local citizens to learn about the Holocaust. On the last day of her visit Sara met with Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal. Prime Minister Koirala expressed his solidarity with Holocaust vic-

As reported by the Times of Israel, an Indian doctoral research scholar from the Gujarat State in Western India made Hebrew University history recently when he became the first-ever Indian to represent the Rothberg International School to the school’s Student Union. Zulfigar Sheth, an economics student who is attending Hebrew University as a Visiting Research Fellow, is also a Muslim. A student at Aligarh Muslim University in India, he came to Israel through an Indian government-run exchange programme, sponsored by the Indian Government’s Ministry of Human Resources and Development. “Despite being diverse, one thing we have in common is that at the end of the day, all we need is peace and prosperity,” Sheth says of the students at the Hebrew University. “I will follow

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Zulfigar Sheth

one simple thing: accepting differences and searching for common ground.”

tims and explained about the book, Hitler ra Yahudi, written by the late Prime Minister B.P. Koirala, who established diplomatic relations between Nepal and Israel in 1960. Last year in Hong Kong, Sara Atzmon was invited to attend the Yom Hashoah Holocaust Memorial Day event and displayed her art at a special exhibition at the Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery. Sara transferred her memories onto canvas and created images that are thought provoking and highly evocative. The exhibition was entitled: Surviving Evil: The Pictorial Language Of Sara Atzmon. Sara was a child holocaust survivor. She was born in Hungary in 1933, and was one of sixteen children. In 1944, she was first deported to Strasshof

Sara Atzmon with Sushil Koirala Prime Minister of Nepal

Sara Atzmon with students

and from there she was sent to Bergen-Belsen under terrible circumstances. At aged 12 she and thirteen of her siblings and

her mother survived and moved to Palestine in 1945. Sara got married in Israel in 1954 and has lived in Israel since.

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In his position as Student Union representative, Sheth will represent 2,000 international students from 80 different countries. He has experience in student leadership; from 20112012, he received a scholarship from the US Department of State to study at Northern Virginia Community College, where he established an Indian Students’ Association and represented his country at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations.

Indian scientist speaks to students The eminent Indian scientist and recipient of Bharat Ratna Award, Dr. CNR Rao visited Israel in January. India’s embassy in Israel organised an interaction between Indian and Israeli students and Dr. Rao at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. India’s Ambassador to Israel Jaideep Sarkar opened the event by welcoming Dr. Rao and recalling to the audience that he had been honoured with the prestigious Dan David Prize of Israel in 2005.

In a free flowing interaction, Dr. Rao spoke on the challenges before Indian science and the importance of pursuing science in India as he himself had done through his career. Dr. Rao said that much more investment was

Dr CNR Rao

needed in Indian science, particularly by the private sector. He said that there are world class research institutions in India but that many more were needed given the country’s size and potential. He wished the students well in their careers and urged them to look for opportunities and challenges in science after they had completed studies. He also emphasised the importance of science and education in India-Israel relations.

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