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Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

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The Auschwitz camp

The Auschwitz camp

27 January marks the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp and this date is called Holocaust Memorial Day. Many commemorations take place worldwide, such as the ones that follow: 

Great Britain: How Can Life Go On? A whole series of events is available in London and all other British towns for a whole week starting from 21 January. Our friend, Holocaust survivor and member of Gariwo Scientific Committee, Ms. Agnes Grunwald-Spier, will present her book Who betrayed the Jews? at the Uxbridge Library in London on Friday 28 January. 

France: commemorations will take place on 27 January all around French cities and most important Holocaust memorial places, including the maison d'Izieu (Ain), the Centre européen du résistant déporté (Bas-Rhin), the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, Drancy, Toulouse) and others.

Austria: Event in Vienna to mark the liberation of the Auschwitz camp, under the patronage of the Presidency of the Austrian Republic. This Website (in German) also contains references to the other events to be held in the country in the week of January, 27. 

Germany: among other events, all indicated in this Website (in German), we wish to point to the "blind trust" initiative linked to the Righteous figure of Otto Weidt, who hired and rescued a number of blind workers in his laboratory during WW2.

United Nations headquarters, New Yorkcalendar of events starting on January 23 and focused on the theme of Holocaust remembrance and education for a better future.

The United States: The US Holocaust Museum and Memorial based in Washington DC this year will commemorate the Holocaust on 24 April, the 27th day of Nisan of the Jewish calendar, marking the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto.

Italy: Gariwo features a list of Italian events, some of which supported by Gariwo itself.

18 January 2017


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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Paolo Kessisoglu's speech

on Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015