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Persecutions

Between denunciation and indifference

The Holocaust Memorial Museum of Washington has developed an important exposition about a complex and disturbing topic, the relationship of the American people with Nazi genocide: what they did, what they knew, what they could have done. It is called Americans and the Holocaust and it tells about motives, awareness and fears.


​ "If I can’t leave, I will die here. There’s nothing left to do without Xiaobo"

In Beijing, Chinese poet and painter Liu Xia - wife to Peace Nobel Laureate  Liu Xiaobo, dissident author of "Charter 08" for the Rule of Law in China, deceased after a long detention in July 2017 - is still a prisoner at her home, held by the agents of the Chinese Ministry for State Security, only guilty of having dreamt of the democracy with her husband.


Art and the Shoah

On Thursday 19 (h.10.00/17.00) and Friday 20 of April (h. 10.00/13.00), an encounter on the universal importance of the singularity of the Shoah, through an exploration of the connections of the Shoah with art but also with the various types of micro-events arising when individuals meet with people, places, names, allusions, monuments, landscapes, ruins, architectures in places of memory, mementos, and other material fragments of the lives of the victims, witnesses, and perpetrators.


Hospitality between past and present

What did the word “hospitality” mean in the past? And what does it mean today? The analysis by historian Anna Foa starting from the Evian Conference of 1938, that had been summoned to discuss the issue of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, during which nonetheless no participating country decided to host them.


​Remembering my father, Dr. Ho Feng Shan

My father would have been astonished by the honors that have since been accorded him. To him, the reason for doing what he did was simply this, he said: “On seeing the tragic plight of the Jews, it is natural to feel deep compassion, and from the standpoint of humanity, to be impelled to help them". By Ho Manli 


The Chief of Sindjar, a Righteous for the Armenians

An excerpt from the book I disobbedienti (Guerini e Associati) by Pietro Kuciukian, Honorary Consul of Armenia to Italy and co-founder of Gariwo, about the figure of Hammo Shero, the Yazidi chief who sheltered the Armenian refugees during the genocide of 1915-16.


Persecutions, torture, massacres

the violation of human rights

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, approved in Paris by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948, states: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood".The day before the General Assembly itself had approved in New York the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which was defined as the intentional destruction, as a whole or in part, of"a national, ethnical, racial or religious group", with the well-known exclusion of the political groups due to the opposition of the Eastern Bloc countries, which feared being charged for persecuting their foes (the so-called enemies of the people who were condemned to forced labour in the Gulag camps).

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The book

The Messenger

Yannick Haenel

Multimedia

Resolution 819

Giacomo Battiato's film about the Sebrenica massacre

Featured story

Bernard Grzywacz and Anna Szyszko

two Poles who survived the GULag