(CNN) — A Holocaust memorial exhibition billed as the first of its kind has opened in the Middle East. “It reminds us that the unprecedented character of the Holocaust will always hold universal meaning.” Kathrin Meyer, secretary-general of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, told CNN. “As we witness the generation of Holocaust survivors sadly pass, memorials and museums become all the more important in ensuring that this horrific event is never forgotten.”
‘Journey through history.’
The museum showcases art produced by different civilizations and cultures over several centuries. It’s only fitting, then, that it should host this new display, the curators say. The mission is to educate and raise awareness about the Holocaust among Dubai’s over 200 different nationalities. The one-room exhibition, which sits alongside the museum’s six other galleries, takes you through the events leading up to, during, and after the Holocaust through the eyes of it.
Ahmed Obaid Almansoori, an Emirati who founded the private museum, says the timing to open a Holocaust exhibition in the region felt right. “The Holocaust was a crime against humanity. The Nazis killed more than six million Jews during the Holocaust and millions of others, including disabled and LGBT people, political dissidents, and religious and ethnic minorities. And when you have an event like that, you must separate it from others. A museum is not a political place; it’s a journey through history.”
Yael Gravy, one of the exhibition’s curators,from all over the world about these events. “This is like a dictionary of the Holocaust. You learn things you wanted to know about the Holocaust but never dared to ask, such as ‘What is a death camp?’ ‘Did the Nazis plan to murder Jews from the beginning of the regime?’ and ‘What does Final Solution mean?'”
In a speech at the exhibition’s official opening last week, Peter Fischer, Germany’s Ambassador to the UAE, said the Holocaust is “an eternal mark of shame on my country,” which is why he is so pleased to see the exhibition. “I congratulate the UAE for its policy of tolerance. The way of intolerance is not the right way. It will lead to great suffering, even to a catastrophe. Take it from a German.”