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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 gennaio 2020

OSWIECIM (Poland) On the site of former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and Chairman of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation (ABMF), today rang the alarm bell on the rise of antisemitism, appealing to world leaders to advance Holocaust education before it’s too late. As part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army, the ABMF — under Ambassador Lauder’s leadership — organized a survivors’ delegation of more than 100 Auschwitz-Birkenau survivors and their families from the United States, Canada, Israel, Australia, Latin America and several European countries.The preceding night, Lauder and the ABMF welcomed the survivors at a dinner gathering in Krakow also attended by Jewish community delegations from around the world. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to those gathered and called the survivors “strong and incredibly courageous” and “rays of sunshine that penetrated the darkness.”
At the January 27 official International Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Lauder presented keynote remarks on behalf of the Pillars of Remembrance, private donors who support the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation and its mission to preserve the authenticity of the memorial site. Lauder emphasized that it was the scourge of antisemitism combined with world indifference which led to the Holocaust, and urged citizens and government leaders everywhere to speak out against intolerance and hatred.Marian Turski, a Polish Auschwitz survivor who spoke during the ceremony, warned that Auschwitz “did not fall from the sky.” He said that Auschwitz and its horrors existed as a result of world indifference to antisemitism and discrimination.In his remarks, Piotr M.A. Cywinski, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and President of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, asked, “Where and why did we squander our basic fundamental values? When will Auschwitz become a reality that has been overcome and liberated? In the very essence of the cry of ‘never again,’ the liberation of Auschwitz continues right here, right now, every day.”
After a ceremonial blowing of the shofar, Cantor David S. Wisnia, a member of the ABFM’s survivor delegation, recited the traditional Jewish memorial prayer, El Maleh Rahamim, and invited participants to join him in the Mourner’s Kaddish.Profiles of survivors participating in the delegation can be found at on Ronald S. Lauder’s commitment to the preservation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial
Lauder, former U.S. ambassador to Austria, dedicated his efforts to the preservation of the memorial at Auschwitz-Birkenau after visiting the site with his family in 1987 and finding a state of disrepair that threatened its disappearance. He committed to its preservation for future generations, shortly thereafter bringing in curators from the Egyptian Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to assess the needs and create a plan. Lauder, with the help of Auschwitz survivors Kalman Sultanik and Ernest Michel, raised the initial $40 million from 19 countries to ensure the site’s preservation. Lauder has donated tens of millions of dollars toward the memorial site’s preservation.In 2003, with the financial support of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum opened its Conservation Laboratories. The laboratory’s mission is to preserve material traces of the camp, including every shoe, every document and every building that remain at the site.
The WJC is committed to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and of the millions of Jews and countless Jewish communities destroyed during the Holocaust, and to advocating on behalf of its survivors and their families. The WJC works to raise public consciousness of the dangers of religious, racial and ethnic oppression and persecution. In the weeks leading up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the World Jewish Congress launched its fourth annual #WeRemember campaign to spark a global dialogue around the need for better, stronger and more widespread Holocaust education. The campaign invited participants to take a picture of themselves holding a sign with the words “We Remember” and to then share the photo on social media.

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More than 1,000 run through Bologna in road race for Holocaust remembrance

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 29 gennaio 2018

bologna rimembranzaBologna, Italy – More than 1,000 people joined together in Bologna on Sunday morning for a remembrance road race passing through Jewish historical sites, including those of Holocaust remembrance, as part of a series of events in Italy marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event was hosted by the Italian Union of Jewish Communities, in partnership with the Jewish Community of Bologna, and the Italian Coordination Committee for Celebrations in Memory of the Shoah, and with the support of the World Jewish Congress and local organizations. The debut Run for Mem (Run for Remembrance: Looking Ahead), was held in Rome in 2017, as the first sports race in Europe ever to commemorate the Holocaust. The Italian community brought the event to Bologna in 2018 to mark 80 years since the introduction of anti-Jewish legislation in the city and in memory of Árpád Weisz, the former coach of the Bologna national team, who was deported to Auschwitz along with thousands of Italian Jews and perished in the death camp.The race took the form of two routes – 12 kilometers and 5 kilometers – passing through notable Jewish community and Holocaust memorial sites, including the Piazza del Memoriale, the Porta Lame monument in memory of the battle in Bologna, the Certosa monument dedicated to partisans and Holocaust victims, Árpád Weisz’s gravestone, the Via Mario Finzi gravestone for the deported Jews of Bologna, the Piazza Maggiore gravestone of the martyrs, and the Museo Ebraico (Jewish Museum), among others. Bologna Mayor Virginio Merola welcomed the crowd in an opening address prior to the race, and stressed the significance of holding such an event 80 years after the racial laws were introduced against the Jewish community, adding that it was imperative to keep the memories of the past alive and move forward together.Noemi Di Segni, the president of the Italian Union of Jewish Communities, who initiated both the debut Run for Remembrance in Rome in 2017 and the run in Bologna this year, remarked that even in the darkest moments of history, there has always been light. The significance of this event, she said, is to demonstrate that humanity is always searching for the light, and that despite the horrors of the Holocaust, the community is still strong. “We are running through the sites of the past, but toward the future,” she said.World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer, who took part in the race along with representatives of the organization including members of the WJC-Jewish Diplomatic Corps, praised the Italian Union of Jewish Communities and the Jewish community of Bologna for the initiative. Bringing greetings from WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, Singer said: “I salute the city of Bologna, not just for what you are doing today, but for what the citizens of this city did during World War II in fighting the Nazi occupation.”

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In memory of the Holocaust

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2009

President appeared at the National Commemoration of the Days of Remembrance, a somber ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in memory of the Holocaust.  President’s remarks were preceded by those of a few others, including Elie Wiesel, as well as a presentation of the flags of the U.S. Army divisions that had liberated concentration camps – along with a mention of the camps each had freed. Wiesel spoke movingly – perhaps a redundancy – about some of his own experiences and the failure of those in the free world – singling out Washington as well as the Washington Post and the New York Times – to warn the remaining European Jews in the early 1940s about what was in store for them. He said it might have saved his own family, which had an option to try to avoid the trip that turned out to be a journey to the death camps. And Wiesel waded into present day politics as well, condemning Iranian President Ahmadinejad as a Holocaust denier and thanking President Obama for boycotting the recent Durban II U.N. conference, where the Iranian leader called Israel racist. Obama’s remarks, which you will soon have, focused more on lessons going forward and were laced with a greater sense of optimism about learning from the past.

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