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Ubumuntu: What Genocide Tries to Kill and the Righteous Protect

During the Holocaust, the Righteous Among the Nations risked their lives to save the lives of others. Similar acts of rescue during the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi are sometimes described in Kinyarwandan, the language of Rwanda, as “ubumuntu.”


Immerse yourself and get lost in friendship, as Montaigne did

I would like to recommend two classic texts on the value of friendship.
First of all, Laelius de amicitiaby Cicero and a chapter of Essays by Michel de Montaigne, published in Paris in 1588, Of Friendship. Why should we wonder about friendship today? Because it is today an antidote against loneliness we feel in social distancing we are forced to experience to avoid the spread of the virus.


Never Forget: Rosenstrasse poem by Julius Schanger

They never waivered through all the pressures. And held no regrets for what they endured. How can we possibly thank them? For so much love, such devotion!


Stories of Invisible Children and yellow butterflies

The youngest are, in fact, the most vulnerable subjects in the societies and the first victims of genocide, but they are as well those who represent the future and have the possibility to give a more human and inclusive face to the world, through knowledge and sharing. They embody the hope and ability to make a choice for good, just like Terezin’s little girlwho drew the yellow butterfly flying over the barbed wires- remembered by Senator Liliana Segre in her speech to the European Parliament.


Stories of invisible children. A journey from the Shoah to the present time

To celebrate Holocaust Remembrance Day, we will start from the plight of children during the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, and we will take a look at the contemporary world to face together the delicate issue of unaccompanied minors. With the precious witness of Elżbieta Ficowska, the youngest child saved by Irena Sendler, together with Lamberto Bertolè, Gabriele Nissim, Pietro Kuciukian, Alganesh Fessaha, Father Virginio Colmegna, Salimina Hydara, Gaia Lauri.


A Partnership for Memory

On Monday, January 13th an important meeting for the international memory of the Holocaust was held at the Shoah Memorial in Milan: the official ceremony that seals, with the signing of an agreement, the partnership between the Shoah Memorials of Milan and Paris and the CDEC Foundation.


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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Carlo Bianchi

he dedicated his life helping those in need, saving the Sonnino-Shapira Jewish family from persecution