On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Italian Embassy in Portugal, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Hagadá-Tikvá Association announce a concert by the Artemisia String Trio to be held at the Jewish Museum Lisbon. The event is a tribute to Portuguese Father Joaquim Carreira, who in 2015 was awarded the posthumous recognition of “Righteous Among the Nations” for protecting and saving from deportation hundreds of Italian Jews during World War II, while he was rector of the Pontifical Portuguese College in Rome.
The performance will be opened by an address by the Italian Ambassador to Portugal, Carlo Formosa, and will feature the participation of noted writer and journalist Esther Mucznik, President of the Hagadá Association expert in the themes of the Holocaust and the Shoah, as well as the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute, Stefano Scaramuzzino.
“Telling the profound friendship between Italy and Portugal not only in the everydayness of our bilateral relations, but also in the uniqueness of the most dramatic times of our collective History is one of the main objectives of my mission,” said Ambassador Formosa presenting the initiative.
In addition to the concert, during its stay in Lisbon, the Artemisia String Trio will take part in the making of a documentary dedicated to Father Carreira and featuring interviews with the Director of the Historical Archives of the Jewish Community of Rome, Silvia Haia Antonucci, the Head of the Historical Archives of the Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea (Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center) in Milan, Laura Brazzo, as well as historian Andrea Riccardi, and the last surviving refugee saved by Father Joaquim, Luigi Priolo.