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Day of the Holocaust Victims Remembrance – Past that did not Pass

International Day of the Holocaust Victims Remembrance was established by UN in 2005. In the end of 2015 Moldova officially confirmed the date of January 27 as National Day of the Holocaust Victims Remembrance. Jewish Cultural Center KEDEM is marking this tragic event annually presenting a program with official speeches and drama and music numbers.

In 2016 representatives of the Parliament and Government of Moldova, over 15 foreign embassies and diplomatic missions, leaders of ethnic communities, mass-media, elderly and young gathered in 250-places Concert hall of the Center to commemorate the tragedy, to thank soldiers who liberated Auschwitz in January of 1945, Righteous among the Nations, to bend heads and remember.

Members of Parliament and Government of Moldova, Head of UN Mission in Moldova, Head of EU delegation, Ambassadors of USA, Germany and Sweden, Director of the Joint in the Southern Ukraine and Moldova, and many others speakers said about the meaning and importance of such programs, actuality of the Holocaust lessons in our days and appealed to do everything possible to struggle with Anti-Semitism, hatred and intolerance in our society.

Cultural part of the program included very affecting musical numbers, a part from “Warsaw Alarm” play about story of Janusz Korczak and his kids killed in Treblinka. Kiddush was read by representatives of Chabbad Liubavitch community in Moldova and special video was shown about the horrors of the Shoah.

 All this could not leave the audience indifferent. Some people really cried and felt very emotional...

This year JCC KEDEM also hosted two exhibitions kindly presented by the Consulate of Romania and Museum of Holocaust in Odessa (Ukraine) and Embassy of Sweden in Moldova. Both are dedicated to Righteous among the Nations – the first one to 12 people including Queen Elena who saved Jews in Romania and another just to one person who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews – Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg

“It is not just the case of the past; the theme of Holocaust has become absolutely actual and meaningful in our time, at present”, said one of the orators.