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Memory

Hiding, sheltering and borrowing identities - a meeting in Jerusalem

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.


The courage to oppose evil - G. Nissim and U. Radice at the Regency of San Marino

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.


Holocaust Remembrance Day - world events not to forget the Shoah

Some of the initiatives held around the world for Holocaust Remembrance Day, established to remember the liberation of Auschwitz on 27 January 1945.


When Kissinger turned away from Jews

In 1973, when Israeli prime minister Golda Meir turned to the US for help to favour the immigration of Jews from Russia, the American Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said: "If they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern". Article by Adam Nagourney.


40 years ago Willy Brandt's first step - towards reconciliation between Jews and Germans

On 7 December 1970 German Chancellor Willy Brandt fell on his knees in front of the Holocaust Memorial in Warsaw. His gesture moved the world. For the first time Germany recognized its responsibilities towards the Jews.


Keep the memory alive - 77th anniversary of the Holodomor

In the Thirties Stalin's Soviet Union planned to starve the Ukrainian kulak peasants to death and exterminated millions people.

A variety of commemorations was put in place by the Ukrainian World Congress and various organizations of Ukrainians worldwide. Events calendar inside.


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