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Survive, Remember and Live…

On January 27 the JCC KEDEM with support of the “Joint” conducted the traditional ceremony dedicated to the UN proclaimed International Day of the Holocaust Victims Memory. This year the program was honored by the presence and speeches of Andrian Candu, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Tatiana Potyng, Vice-Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Monica Babuc, Minister of Culture, Pirkka Tapiola, Head of EU Mission in Moldova, William H. Mozer, USA Ambassador, Matthias Meyer, Germany Ambassador, Artur Michalski, Poland Ambassador, Claude Cahn, Human Rights Adviser United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator in Moldova, David Mamistvalov, the 1st Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, Vladimir Tsinkler, Association of former ghetto and concentration camps survivors. 

Also Ambassadors of Great Britain, France, Lithuania, Hungary, Turkey, Ukraine, Sweden, Romania, Italy, representatives of many other Embassies, international NGO, Jewish organizations, and state official structures of the Republic of Moldova were present. The program was very emotional including Transformation of Memory piece by presented composer Henrik Strindberg (Sweden). This part became possible thanks to support of the Embassy of Sweden in Moldova. Over 250 guests listened to the speeches and specially chosen music, watched dance of hope and struggle staged specially for the event by the JCC dancing group and shots on the screen in a deep agitation. The program also included traditional award of the winners of the school competition of essays dedicated to Holocaust thematic organized by the JCC in partnership with municipal Department of Education.

“We can not forget the tragedy of the war and Holocaust, humiliation and elimination of innocent people. We are less and less, but it is important that today here are so many young people and they need to do everything so that such tragedies never repeat”, said one of the World War II survivors.