Artist Sabina Saad introduces us to the work of Menahem Lemberger, and an interesting feature of Israeli society: the fact that some youngsters have the tattooes of their grandfathers branded on their skin. At the time this was forced into the victims, now it is a matter of free personal choice.
From 6 to 10 May in Potsdam conference Sharing and learning remembrance – Memory culture(s) in the 21st century was held by the German non-profit organization Mostar Friedensprojekt. Gariwo sent Carolina Figini of the Editorial Staff and Salvatore Pennisi of the Teaching commission. Their comments inside.
The Foibe are karstic sinkholes where, from 1943 to 1947, nearly ten thousands Italians were thrown both dead and alive. The symbol of this tragedy is the Foiba of Basovizza, now a national monument.
From 19 to 21 December 2010 Yad Vashem held a conference discussing the issue of rescue in the Holocaust. A considerable effort was made to explore and redefine acquired knowledge of Righteous among the Nations. Other topics include the moral mindset and fates of saviours who faced punishment for their deeds.
Gabriele Nissim, historian and Chairman of Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide Committee, presented his new book La Bontà insensata. Il segreto degli uomini giusti (publ. Mondadori). Ulianova Radice, director of the We For European Project, dealt with the topic WeFor Project. European identity and conscience on the Web. Teaching resources.
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.