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Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014

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The logo chosen by the British HMDT for 2014 commemorations

The logo chosen by the British HMDT for 2014 commemorations

On 27 January, date of the liberation of the Auschwitz camp, the world commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day, recognized by the United Nations and legally established in many countries including Italy (since July 2000). 

Like every year, many world cities held numerous events to remember the victims of Nazism and the extermination of Jews.


20 January, Milan: in cooperation with Fondazione Memoriale della Shoah (Holocaust Memorial Foundation) on Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014, event The Righteous along the way of personal responsibility. Theatrical show Il Memorioso, a monologue by Massimiliano Speziani and Paola Bigatto inspired by the figure of Moshe Bejski and taken from the books by Gabriele Nissim La bontà insensata and Il tribunale del bene. Speeches by Cecile Kyenge, Minister of Integration, Roberto Jarach, President Fondazione Memoriale della Shoah and Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo Chairman. At 6.30, p.m. at Memoriale della Shoah

Jan 21-24, Milan: guided tours for middle and high schools to the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide in Milan, curated by Gariwo Teaching Committee. At 9 a.m., Giardino dei Giusti del Monte Stella

27 Jan, Florence: Meeting "Chi salva una vita, salva il mondo intero" (Whoever saves a life saves the entire world". Seeking the Righteous
Greetings by Matteo Renzi, Mayor of Florence City Hall, Andrea Pieroni, President Union of the Italian Provinces and Enrico Rossi, President of the Tuscany Region. Speeches by Tatiana and Andra Bucci, former Auschwitz deportees, Kitty Braun Falaschi, former deportee to Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen, Marcello Martini, former partisan courier and deportee in Mauthausen, Antonio Ceseri, formerly interned in Germany as a military and survivor to the massacre of Italian soldiers in Treuenbrietzen, Kleoniki Valleri, President of the Parliament of Tuscan students, Thomas Punkenhofer, Mayor of the city of Mauthausen, Claire Ly, survivor and witness to the Cambodian genocide, Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo chairman. At 9.30 a.m., at Nelson Mandela forum (Viale Paoli)

29 January, Riva del Garda: meeting with the elementary and middle schools to commemorate the Holocaust. Let's adopt a Righteous:  a tree for every man who has chosen Good. Speeches by Annamaria Samuelli and Emanuela Bellotti of Gariwo Teaching Committee, and planting of a pommegranate tree with the dedications to the Righteous written by children. At 9 a.m., School complex of Riva

27 January, Prague: meeting with Helga Weiss, writer and Holocaust survivor. At the Istituto di Cultura Italiana


29 January, Milan: Centro Pime of Milano, in cooperation with Editrice 66thand2nd, holds an evening of in-depth reflection broadening the scope of analysis also to encompass the Rwanda genocide. An occasion to develop memory, but also to imagine paths of justice and reconciliation. Speeches by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo chairman, and Scholastique Mukasonga, Rwandan writer. At 9 p.m., Centro Pime


In England Holocaust Memorial Day's theme for the year 2014 is Journeys

Tuesday 14 January at Greenwich Picture House Holocaust survivor and member of the British Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Agnes Grunwald-Spier will tell about her experience in the Jewish ghetto of Budapest accompanied by the pictures of an appropriate documentary.  

Activities in London on 27 Jan include commemoration in St. George's Cathedral (Southwark), in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, in Croydon Town Hall and at the Brent Council. To find an activity in your local area in England, please click here


The UN Secretary General, Hon. Ban Ki-Moon, will deliver a speech in honour of Holocaust victims on 27 Jan at 11 a.m. inside the Room of the General Assembly. A keynote address will be pronounced by Steven Spielberg, who founded the USC Shoah Foundation Institute soon after filming Schindler's list. Click here for the full UN event calendar

The official commemorations in the US take place between April and May in the so called Holocaust Remembrance Days. In 2014 they will be focused on the American response to the Holocaust


Switzerland among other celebrations will see the presentation of an exhibition about Carl Lutz, the Swiss consul who rescued Jews in Budapest. 


On 13 January, commemorations in Berlin start out at 11 with a silent mourning at the monument to the murdered Roma and Sinti. The Konrad Adenauer-Foundation will hold on 27 January the presentation of a juvenile competition against extremism, racism and anti-Semitism


In Paris commemorations will start on 23 January, with a religious celebration led by the Chief Rabbi of Paris

On 27 January, at 3.45 p.m. commemoration of the 1,600 French Jewish children murdered by the Nazis, at the Père Lachaise cemetery

On the same day at 6 p.m., the torch of memory will be lighted by the association of the French deportés at the Champs Elysées. Full event calendar for France here.  

Association Anonymes, Justes et Persecutés durant la période Nazie (AJPN) organizes a 2-day meeting on 22 and 23 January about the radicalization of anti-Semite persecution during 1944


27 January, Cracow
A delegation of Israeli Knesseth will arrive in town, meet with the MPs of other countries and head to visit the museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau. 

2014 marks many anniversaries related to the history of Nazi persecution: 70 years since the deportation and sudden extermination of 438,000 Hungarian Jews,  70 years since the liquidation of the socalled Zigeunerlager, the camp of detention of the Roma in Birkenau, 70 years since the revolt of the Sonderkommando inmates and of the Polish prisoners, and more. 

The calendar will updated in the next days with new events in different countries. 

13 January 2014

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