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World Jewish Congress to Commemorate Yom Hashoah Via Online Gathering Open to Public

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 aprile 2020

NEW YORK. On Monday, April 20, at 11 a.m. EDT, the World Jewish Congress will host an online Yom Hashoah commemorative ceremony, to which the public is invited. The brief ceremony expected to last approximately 20 minutes – will include:Opening remarks by WJC President Ronald S. LauderReflections by WJC Commissioner for Holocaust Memory Dr. Charlotte Knobloch and WJC Executive Committee Member Amb. Colette Avital, both Holocaust survivors An intervention by The Rt. Hon Lord Eric Pickles, UK Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues. The World Jewish Congress had planned to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in Germany by bringing over 50 of the more than 2,000 children who were born in the adjacent Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons camp back to their birthplace. With the postponement of this initiative, the WJC produced an original video about Bergen-Belsen before and after its liberation. “Bergen-Belsen: The End and The Beginning” tells the story of the unique identity of the children born in the DP camp’s Glyn Hughes Hospital.The videos the WJC has made available include the final testimony of Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Rachmil (Ralph) Hakman, who died in March after joining the WJC in Poland in January for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau; the 75th anniversary address by WJC President Ronald S. Lauder at the Death Gate of Birkenau on January 27; a CBS Sunday Morning feature about the significance of the Auschwitz site to its survivors, and the ongoing effort to preserve it and its artifacts; an HBO film about a 10-year-old boy learning his family’s history through conversations with his great-grandfather; and a WJC-produced video featuring photographs of daughters of Auschwitz survivors taken by Israeli photographer Debbie Morag.The WJC’s resources are available to Jewish communities, congregations, schools, youth groups, community centers, and the general public.The WJC’s Yom Hashoah materials include:“A Survivor’s Last Testimony” – Rachmil (Ralph) Hakman survived more than two years as an inmate at Birkenau. On January 26, 2020, in what would ultimately be his final testimony, he poignantly and eloquently described his experiences to representatives from Jewish communities from across the globe who were gathered in Krakow, Poland. His address, tied to the importance of Holocaust memory, was part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Rachmil Hakman passed away on March 21.
Auschwitz at 75: For Those Who Came After” – On January 24, 2020, CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Martha Teichner talked with WJC President Ronald S. Lauder and survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau at the site of the former camps in advance of the commemorative events marking the 75th anniversary of liberation. Her powerful report covering the importance of bearing witness to the Holocaust, including a rare visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum’s Conservation Laboratories, was featured on CBS Sunday Morning on February 16, 2020. Address delivered by WJC President Ronald S. Lauder at the Birkenau Death Gate on January 27, 2020, at the official commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
“Bergen-Belsen: The End and The Beginning” – The WJC had planned to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in Germany by bringing back to their birthplace more than 50 of the more than 2,000 children who were born in the adjacent Displaced Persons Camp of Bergen-Belsen. The WJC produced an uplifting video about Bergen-Belsen before and after its liberation, focused on the identity of the children born in the DP camp’s hospital.
“The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm” – A sensitive, age-appropriate HBO film about 10-year-old Elliott discovering his family’s history in intimate conversations with his 90-year-old great-grandfather. Directed by Emmy winner Amy Schatz, this short film interweaves haunting historical footage and hand-painted animation to convey one family’s Holocaust experiences.
“Indelible” – A WJC-produced video featuring photographs of the daughters of Auschwitz survivors taken by Israeli photographer Debbie Morag, who was herself born in the Bergen-Belsen DP camp.

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Call to commemorate refugees who lost their lives in the Mediterranean

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 giugno 2019

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day observed on 20 June, the Conference of European Churches together with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) has issued a call to churches and parishes across Europe to hold services commemorating “those who have died on their journey to find a dignified life in Europe through an annual day of prayer.”
“In this period of Ascension and Pentecost filled with hope and light that are intended for all humankind, we are deeply saddened and disturbed that the way of the cross, of suffering, hopelessness and death, continues for thousands of our human brothers and sister on the outer borders of the European Union,” says the CEC–CCME message issued by CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger and CMME General Secretary Dr Torsten Moritz.
“As churches and Christians our divine calling is to be witnesses and servants of the resurrection and of a new life in justice and peace for all, regardless of their ethnicity, nationality or religion. Let us jointly remember the documented as well as the undocumented persons who have died at European borders, let us share our sorrow in prayer,” reads the message.This call was affirmed by the CEC General Assembly held in Budapest in July 2013. In past years, many churches and parishes across Europe have taken up this call and held commemoration services around the World Refugee Day.The resource titled Day of intercession in memory of those who have lost their lives at the borders of the EU – Information, Intercessions and Ideas is available and has been updated last year by CCME together with support from German Ecumenical Committee on Church Asylum, the Evangelical Church in Berlin, Brandenburg and Silesian Oberlausitz and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). Read full text of “Call to commemorate persons who lost their lives on their way to seek safety” in English, French and German.

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