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Holocaust Remembrance Day

world events not to forget the Shoah

Poem by Holocaust survivor A. Sinkova

I will take off and go alone
Where other people are, better people,
To an unknown place
Where nobody kills each other
Maybe many of us
a thousand, will reach the goal
Pretty soon.

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

25 January, Bruxelles - European Parliament. Holocaust commemoration held by the European Jewish Community under the patronage of Mr. Jerzy Buzek. Riccardo Perlasca, Giorgio's grandson, lights the candles. Participation of Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel.

27 January, Great Britain - national event.
Details on HMD site.

26 January, 7 p.m., Berlin - Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Conference about Remembrance and Architecture.
Description here

27 January, 10 a.m., Hamburg - Memorial Day for the Victims of Nationalsocialism at the Police Highschool (Polizeihoschschule)

27 January, 6.15 pm., Paris - national event at the Arc de Triomphe.

around 27 January, Paris - see the complete events calendar in the site of the Mémorial de la Shoah.

San Marino, 3 February, 3 p.m. - Domagnano Castle, Montelupo Room. The courage to say no. Initiative with Gariwo chairman Gabriele NIssim and WeFor director Ulianova Radice. Invitation

27 January, 4.30 p.m., Warsaw - commemoration at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes followed by ecumenical prayer.

around 27 January, New York
See the initiatives held by the United Nations here.

Israel commemorates the Holocaust on 27 Nisan (month of the Jewish calendar corresponding to April/May).

27 January 2011

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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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