"Lest We Forget" - Exhibition Opening & Virtual Commemoration from Paris

In honour of 27 January, International Day of Commemoration in memory of victims of the Holocaust, which marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination and concentration camp, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris will host the “Lest We Forget” photo exhibition by German-Italian photographer Luigi Toscano.

The exhibition, which is the world’s largest display of portraits documenting the stories of survivors of the Holocaust and other Nazi crimes, consists of 200 photos that will be displayed in public areas within the UNESCO building as well as on the exterior fences for passerbyers to see. Photos will be on display from 18 January to 12 February 2021.

The exhibition was created thanks to the support of UNESCO, the Permanent Delegations of Austria, France, Germany, and the European Union to UNESCO, the World Jewish Congress, the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF), European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), the Austrian Embassy/Austrian Cultural Forum in Paris and the Polish Institute in Paris.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the exhibition will be inaugurated virtually, on Monday, 25 January 2021, via an online event that will feature remarks by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay; German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas; Austrian Federal Minister for the European Union Karoline Edtstadler; French State Secretary to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne; EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore; Mayor of Mannheim, Germany, Peter Kurtz; and World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder, alongside the artist, Luigi Toscano.

The photo installation will accompany the commemorative events around the International Day of Commemoration in memory of victims of the Holocaust, observed on 27 January. The International Day was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005 to commemorate the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on 27 January 1945. A series of events connected to the exhibition will take place organized by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in Paris.

Media representatives are cordially invited to cover the opening; interview requests with the artist can be sent to mail@luigi-toscano-production.de.


Auswaertiges Amt
Permanent Delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany to UNESCO
Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh
Berthold Leibinger Stiftung
Klaus Tschira Stiftung
European Union
Permanent Delegation of Austria to UNESCO in Paris
World Jewish Congress
UNESCO & Mannheim
Forum Culturel Autrichien
Delegation Permanente De La France Aupres De L'Organisation

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