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January 27, 2016 – Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is particularly important in Italy, which is one of the world’s first countries to have institutionalised this commemoration with a specific State Law in 2000, ahead of similar international initiatives by the UN and the European Union.

Like every year, the Italian institutions in Israel will be honouring Remembrance Day with a programme of initiatives opened on January 12 and scheduled to close on February 8.

Once again, the ceremony at the Yad Vashem on January 27, will be a key point in the commemorations. At 2:30 pm, the Italian Ambassador in Israel, Francesco M. Talò, will be laying a floral wreath at the Remembrance Tent, in the presence of the personnel of the Italian institutions in Israel, young members of the Italian community, representatives of Yad Vashem and anyone else wishing to take part in this important event.

At 3:00 pm, the Yad Vashem Auditorium will host a meeting entitled “Midor Ledor”, from generation to generation, the past that must not pass. How is memory built? What commitment does it demands of us? How can we convey the memory of what was to future generations?

The event will be attended by Ambassador Francesco M. Talò, Yael Orvieto (Director of the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research), architect Daniel Libeskind, young members of the Italian community in Jerusalem, survivor Hanna Weiss, Rav Pier Paolo Punturello and, from Turin, the Director of the daily “La Stampa”, Maurizio Molinari.  The meeting will end with the reading of a page – in Italian and translated into Hebrew – taken from “If This is a Man” by Primo Levi. The Turin-born writer, whose complete works are to be released in English in the next few days, represents the paradigm of memory set in words and calls us all to listen and share.

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