The Embassy of Italy observed Holocaust Remembrance Day – “Giorno della Memoria” – on Jan. 27 with a series of events in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States. Instituted by the Italian Parliament in July 2000, it honored the victims of the Nazi and Fascist regimes, those who perished in the Holocaust, and the heroism of those who risked their lives to help the persecuted.
“Even in the darkest moments of European history,” recalled Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, “brave and honest men, who perhaps mightn’t have been capable of extraordinary deeds in ordinary circumstances, were able to fight, were able to use the weapons of their strengths, their integrity and their intelligence to oppose what was wrong and inhuman.”
In Washington, Ambassador Terzi opened the screening of “50 Italians – The men who saved 50,000 Jewish lives,” a feature-length documentary by director Flaminia Lubin about how 50 high-ranking Italian diplomats and generals helped Jews escape Hitler’s “final solution.”
Remembrance Day events were planned for Italian Consulates and Cultural Institutes in major U.S. cities including New York, Philadelphia, and Boston.
— Information courtesy the Embassy of Italy Press Office, Washington, D.C.