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Memory

The Multicultural Heritage of Anatolia

In the online map created by the project of the Hrant Dink Foundation to list monuments, churches, synagogues, monasteries, schools, hospitals, cemeteries set up by Armenians, Greeks, Syriacs and Jews and reveal the contribution of these communities to the historical and architectural heritage and the social development of the country.


Palmyra, "my native realm"

Editorial by Maria Teresa Grassi, Università degli Studi di Milano - Director of the Italian-Syrian Archaeological Mission to Palmyra, Pal.M.A.I.S.

Crossing the Syrian desert from Damascus to the Euphrates, nearly half way you find a big oasis – and this is normal in every desert of this world – and a great Roman city – and this is certainly less frequent.


The Armenian Genocide between history and memory

24 April - Comune di Milano (Milan City Hall), Sala Alessi - from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be commemorated with an important Conference, with prominent speakers including Antonia Arslan, author of The Lark Farm, and Gariwo chairman Gabriele Nissim, author of La Lettera a Hitler about Righteous among the Nations Armin T. Wegner. 


The War of Memories

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous

In January 2002, when I presented my proposal for a European Day of the Righteous to the European Parliament, I inserted a clause to remember, along with those who had done everything possible to save Jewish lives, also those


How Auschwitz is misunderstood

The author of Hitler's Willing Executioners Daniel J. Goldhagen explained in an article published on 24 January in the New York Times how the common feeling that the Holocaust was an "assembly line killing" is wrong. "Eliminationist ideology" is still the dominating feature of extreme evil in history.


​Inclusive and exclusive memory

Editorial by Stefano Levi Della Torre, essayist

“Is it possible to prevent mass atrocities [MAS]? Yes, but with great difficulty


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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Paolo Kessisoglu's speech

on Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015