How does Britain commemorate Holocaust victims? In its journey throughout Europe, Gariwo interviewed Agnes Grunwald-Spier, Holocaust survivor, author of books The Other Schindlers and the upcoming Who Betrayed the Jews?, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust consultant and member of Gariwo Scientific Committee. A fast moving picture with attention to survivors.
"The majority of the Belgian population is more sensitive to dates such as 8 May, our Liberation Day, 1st May or others". But associations such as Auschwitz Foundation in Brussels organize journeys to Auschwitz and school contests for 27 January. Interview to Frédéric Crahay, coordinator of this non-profit organization.
Editorial by Anna Foa, historian and professor at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome
This year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day is certainly expected to be one of the most difficult ones since its establishment 14 years ago. On the one hand, of course, this is due to the more and more widespread signals of anti-Semitism and…
Calendar of international events. This year's theme selected by the United Nation Holocaust Outreach Programme is Journeys through the Holocaust. Most countries will thus explore the theme of the death-transports of the victims and more seldom of the return trips of the survivors. The calendar is updated every day. Look up Gariwo-sponsored events!
Tea Camporesi reviews the book by Aili and Andres McConnon about Gino Bartali, the Italian cycling champion who risked his life to rescue 800 Jews in Italy during World War II. One example of the athlete's goodness and wisdom: “If you are good at sport - Bartali used to say - they will pin medals on your jersey, and then they will shine in a museum. But if you win a medal for doing good it will pin on your soul and will shine elsewhere”.
Gariwo chairman Gabriele Nissim, in his capacity as Vicepresident of the Association for Milan's Garden of the Righteous chaired by city Mayor Giuliano Pisapia, is attending meetingEncounter between cities destroyed by war, an event set out by the Basque city of San Sebastiàn to commemorate the bicentenary of the destruction and reconstruction of Donostia/San Sebastián in 1813.
Remember the past in order to build a future
The International Committee of the Armenian Righteous. Memory is the Future was founded by Piero Kuciukian in order to commemorate those who went against the genocide of 1915. The title emphasises the function of the memory, which is not a nostalgic look back in history, but a a clear sense of the past to build a future without making old mistakes.
The memory has many solutions and presents conflicting results, either positive or negative depending on how it is treated. Reflections on the previous events help us to understand the present, which means to search for the coordinates that allow us to interpret new situations with awareness of the dangers or opportunities that are triggered by certain mechanisms such as cultural, social and individual. The experience of the genocides of the twentieth century, the phenomenon of totalitarianism, resulted in the devastating world war, the balance of power during the Cold War, provide very precise indications on the geopolitical hegemony and humanitarian frifts to be avoided, while the example of the Righteous, their varied efforts on behalf of the persecuted, the demand for freedom, independence of thought and the instance of the defense of human dignity, are to be taken to avoid the pitfalls of arrogance, denial of truth, the rejection of diversity, closing the other, unilateral decision.