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2014 Holocaust Remembrance Day. 8,000 Italian victims remembered. Annual Award to Gertrude Goetz (January 27, 2014)

Date:

01/28/2014


2014 Holocaust Remembrance Day. 8,000 Italian victims remembered. Annual Award to Gertrude Goetz (January 27, 2014)

On January 27th – the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau – Los Angeles commemorated a Day of Remembrance in memory of all the Italians who were victims of the Holocaust, and all those who risked their own lives to try and save others. Reading ceremonies were held throughout the city, organized by the Consulate General of Italy, the American Jewish Committee, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Six schools participated in the reading of the victims’ names - three Catholic and three Jewish . “We wanted to remember the victims by reading their names and their personal stories,” stated Consul General Perrone. “The impressive participation in each ceremony is an important sign of collective commitment to fight discrimination and intolerance. This was our way to underline the depth of the systematic destruction that millions of human beings endured in the name of racial prejudice and human hatred.”

An emotional ceremony was held at the Consul General’s residence in Los Angeles in the evening of same day, when Consul General Perrone awarded writer and Holocaust survivor Gertrude Goetz with the second “Mi ricordo… I remember Award”. Mrs. Goetz is the author of the book “Memories of Kindness: Growing up in War Torn Europe” in which she recalls the generosity and compassion of the residents of the little city of Castilenti in central Italy, who welcomed with warmth and kindness little Gertrude and her family fleeing Nazi persecution.

Giornata della memoria



Giornata della memoria 2014


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