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Memory

Bartali and the sensitivity of Pope Francis

The President of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, Eduardo Eurnekian, and its Founder, Baruch Tenembaum, wrote a letter to the Jerusalem Post remembering the figure of Gino Bartali and the sensitivity of Pope Francis about the rescuers.


The Righteous' place is besides the Warsaw Ghetto Insurgents'

Editorial by Konstanty Gebert, journalist and writer

On the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, an institution which is likely to be Europe's most important Jewish Museum is being inaugurated in the Polish capital. The government decision to build a memorial in honour of the


Editorial

Editorial by Radice Ulianova

The virtual Gardens of Europe’s Righteous: when hope challenges reality
by Ulianova Radice of the Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide Committee, editor of the WE FOR project.


The amnesia of the memory

After two years of the outbreak of violence in Syria, the murders of Syrians still continue. The letter of Shady Hamadi, Syrian writer and activist, underlines the importance of memory of what happened, and what is still happening in the country.


Salonika, 70 years after

In 1943, 53,000 Jews of Salonika were deported and exterminated by the Nazis. The current economic crisis in Greece, which deepened the anti-German sentiment in the country and the rise of neo-Nazist party Golden Dawn, lead to the wide-spread Holocaust commemoration, in which more than 3,000 people took part.


Death and rebirth

In 2006 the United Nations dedicated a day in remembrance of the Holocaust on the date that the  Auschwitz  concentration camp was liberated. The  day commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust is important for remembrance and to spread awareness to those who are unaware and to young people who have the fate of the world in their hands.


Memory

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.

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Multimedia

The story of the Jews

BBC documentary aired by PBS