Annually on January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day is celebrated. This date is a reminder of the tragic events in the history of the Jewish people, as well as a tribute of respect and memory to the Righteous Among the Nations.
This year marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Jewish Cultural Center KEDEM traditionally organizes commemorative events to convey to future generations the truth about the Holocaust and protect humanity from the horrors of xenophobia, racism and extremism.
In connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2021 will be held ONLINE. JCC KEDEM will hold a live broadcast and present the information exhibition "Righteous of the World of Moldova, Germany, USA and Japan", prepared within the project "Inmortal Deeds - Eternal memory" with the support of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Moldova and organized at the National Museum of History of Moldova.
The exhibition will tell the story of people who risked their lives to save Jews during the Nazi occupation of Europe. They are called the Righteous Among the Nations. This honorary title was awarded to a person for saving even one Jew from execution or deportation to death camps. In total, more than 26 thousand people from 51 countries have been awarded this title.
The JCC KEDEM will present the stories of more than 26 righteous people of the world who managed to save hundreds, thousands of Jews from death. These are the stories of soldiers who violated the direct orders of their commanders; poor peasants who hid their Jewish neighbors in basements and wells; priests who helped Jewish refugees cross borders and hide from their persecutors; whole families who took up Jewish children left without parents.
Materials for the exhibition were provided by the Yad Vashem National Memorial (Israel).
The live broadcast and online opening of the exhibition will take place on January 26 at 17:00 on social networks and on the official website of the JCC KEDEM. The event will be addressed by the President of the Republic of Moldova, Ms. Maia Sandu, Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office, as well as the ambassadors of Germany, the USA and Japan.
The exhibition "Righteous of the World from Moldova, Germany, USA and Japan" will also be available to the general public. From January 25 to January 31, everyone will be able to get acquainted with the stories of the heroes in the National Museum of History of Moldova.