The International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust was established by UN in 2005.
This year in Kishinev it was commemorated by two events – meeting at the monument to Holocaust victims in Moldova where about 100 people gathered at 2.30 p.m. The event was initiated by the United Jewish Community. Kaddish was read by the Chief Rabbi of Moldova. Alexander Bilinkis, co-chair of the UJC, Vladimir Voronin, Leader of the Communist Party, ex-President of Moldova, Stav Nezhinsky, the 1st secretary of Israeli Embassy in Moldova and Ukraine, Mickey Katsif, JDC Representative in Moldova and many other said about the tragic events of the World War II.
At 4.00 p.m. a big event was conducted at the KJJC where the International Day of the Holocaust Victims Memory was marked for the 6th time consecutively.
This time the overcrowded hall hosted Marian Lupu, Parliament Chair and Alternate President of Moldova, and Vlad Filat, Prime Minister of Moldova, over 10 ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions, UN, UNESCO, Peace Corps, leaders of the Jewish community and organizations.
Reb Daniel Muntean read the solemn Kaddish in the memory of victims and sent regards on behalf Reb Zalman Leib Abelsky, Chief Rabbi of Moldova. The heartfelt violin sounds just flew in the air as the souls of the gone and memories of survived, people cried and were not ashamed of the tears. Thus the program started.
“I am coming to your Center every year on this tragic day”, said Mr. Marian Lupu, “and want to be near you because the Holocaust was the tragedy of the entire humankind and all of us in Moldova are one civic nation and have to be together in good times and in bad times as only on the basis of tolerance, mutual esteem and careful attitude to each other we can build our country as democratic, civilized and prosperous.”
“The words that are written on the scene – Remember to Live – are the absolute truth”, said Mr. Vlad Filat. “Being for the first time at the KJJC I acknowledge the big work you do and I am sure that together we should do everything so that such tragedies will not repeat anymore. Thank you for invitation, I wish all of you health and good times in the future.”
Solemn and touching music, official and sincere words, slides about the awful tragedy that is hardly to percept and comprehend from religious, philosophical, moral and just human points of view oblige us to remember the innocent victims and tell to our kids and to live in the memory of our ancestors and to spite our enemies and persecutors.