New Zealand PM launches exhibit marking Remembrance Day

By JTA
January 27, 2013 15:56

SYDNEY, Australia – New Zealand's prime minister, whose mother escaped Europe on the eve of the Holocaust, launched an exhibition to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

John Key officially opened "Shadows of the Shoah" in Auckland on January 25 in front of Holocaust survivors and Israel's ambassador to New Zealand, Shemi Tzur.

Key, who rarely talks about his Jewish upbringing, told about 200 people of his mother's escape from Nazi-controlled Austria in 1938.

The prime minister recalled times his mother was "crying in the corner" after hearing news reports recounting atrocities from the Holocaust, the New Zealand Herald reported.


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