In the Memory of Man of Freedom
On February 9 a special event was conducted at the KJJC Concert Hall. Over 100 people including Ambassadors of Hungary, Germany, Turkey, representatives of diplomatic corps from USA, Poland, Israel, students and professors of Chisinau Universities and schools, leaders of the Jewish and international organizations, ethnic communities representatives, mass-media witnessed opening of an exhibition “Jan Karski – Man of Freedom” organized by the JCC KEDEM and Embassy of Poland in Moldova.
Stella Harmelina, JCC Director, and Ambassador Arthur Mikhalski greeted the audience and told about actual meaning of those events that took place 70 years ago, decisions of people, their courage. Destiny of Jan Karski serves as great example of Righteous among the Nations who risking their lives saved the Jews during the Holocaust period. As informed marc Basin, the 1st secretary of the Israeli Embassy in Moldova, according to Yad Va-Shem there over 25,000 of Righteous among the Nations and over 6,000 were Polish.
“Jan Karski did not saved any lives”, told Mr. Mikhalski. “But he being a witness of atrocities in Warsaw ghetto tried to spread a word about the tragedy and convince leaders of Western states to stop the total annihilation of Jews...”
Exhibition of materials, photos, documents, music by chamber orchestra of S. Rakhmaninov musical lyceum conducted by Master of Arts of Moldova Igor Ersak deeply impressed people and left the feeling of sadness and admiration simultaneously.
UN Day of the Holocaust Victims Memory – 70 Years Ago and Never Again
70 years ago, in 1945 on January 27th the Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz–Birkenau camp, conveyer of murder, tortures and death for millions of people, mostly Jews. This day in 2005 was proclaimed by UN as an International Day of the Holocaust Victims Memory. From the 1st year of its activities – 2006 - KJJC marks this important date.
This year there were organized and conducted a series of events. On January 27 at the KJJC award of winners of the city competition of essays among the schools took place. This year over 100 of students from over 20 lyceum and schools took part in the competition. The competition was partnered with Chisinau Department of Education.
At the same day meeting near the monument to victims of Chisinau ghetto was organized by the Jewish community of Moldova.
On January 29 an International Conference dedicated to Holocaust took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova led by Mrs. Natalia Gherman, vice-minister and minister of foreign affairs of Moldova. In the conference took part members of government, diplomats, representatives of international and local Jewish organizations, NGOs, leaders of the ethnic communities, teachers, mass-media.