The Italian Embassy in Washington and the network of Italian Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes in the U.S. organised a series of events in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year’s commemoration of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps will include meetings, conferences and film screenings in Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Tampa and other cities.
The Embassy of Italy has organised two events for Washington. Today, 27 January, there will be a screening of the film “L’isola delle Rose” on the Jewish community of Rhodes during the Second World War. The film will be preceded by a conversation with Shoah survivor Cesare Frustaci, who was a child at the time. On 2 February, the Embassy will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Milan’s centre for contemporary Jewish documentation with a special screening of a rare and newly restored documentary on Milanese Jewish community life before the Holocaust belonging to the Della Seta family.
Bisogniero: a law aimed at keeping the memory of the Shoah alive
The Day of Remembrance was instituted by an Italian law of 2000 to recall the date of 27 January 1945 when, 70 years ago, Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi’s largest concentration camp. “That law, which paved the way to similar undertakings by the United Nations and other countries, aims to keep the memory and understanding of the historical reality of the Shoah alive for future generations, and to prevent such tragedies from every happening again”, commented Ambassador to Washington Claudio Bisogniero.