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!
Hans Von Dohnanyi is a member of the righteous for his dissidence against the Nazi regime and was a key figure in constructing plots against Hitler.
The discourse about two Hungarian Jews, which has been altered by time and false accusations, continues be debated; Israel Kastner is vilified though he saved thousands of Jews while Hannah Szenes is praised as a national hero though she was captured before she could save a single life. The campaign to clear Kastner’s name continues amidst discussions.
Historian and author Robert Satloff critiques Yad Vashem for not recognizing Arabs who aided Jews during German occupation in Arab countries.
Holocaust survivor George Horner, aged 90, played the music of the ghetto with world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma. "He is a living contradiction to what Holocaust deniers are saying", commented the musician.
the genocide of Jews
In the framework of second world war (1939-1945) Europe witnessed the genocide of the Jewish people (1941-1945). The “final solution“, the extermination of six million Jews, was planned by Hitler who had come on power in Germany in 1933. Since the publication of Mein Kampf, Hitler had planned the nationalsocialist revolution based on a racist ideology.
In the memory of the Jewish people and in the verdict that closed the works of the International Military Court, 6,000,000 victims of the extermination are estimated. As a matter of facts, the most reliable scholars including Raul Hilberg estimate about 5,200,000 victims.