Asturias(Spain) remembers the Shoa

judios-asturiasCandles and a concert to inaugurate in the Campo San Francisco the monument to the Jewish victims, next Sunday

The Jewish Community of the Principality of Asturias will inaugurate next Sunday at noon a new monument in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, after having to remove the one that was in the Winter park, destroyed by the acts of vandalism. It will be a monolith of four thousand five hundred kilos, from the Quarry of Arlós, and now it will rise in Campo San Francisco. At its opening there will be candles, prayers and a concert.
“It is a broad stone, narrower on top, uncut to convey the brutality of the Holocaust, which is an act that is beyond the understanding of the people, without any rational explanation, in which six million Jews were killed “Explains Oceransky. Now, he emphasizes, that monument in memory of the extermination will be present in the center of Oviedo and in its park more visited.


The monument, according to the spokeswoman of the Sephardic community of Oviedo, Aida Oceransky, has been funded with financial contributions from the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain, the European Federation of Progressive Jewish Communities, families from the community and people related to it.
Its inauguration is attended by representatives of the Principality, the Oviedo City Council, the Government Delegate and representatives of Israeli communities throughout the country. During the act six candles will be lit, to honor the victims, and upon finishing Hadasa Ramel, will play the violin “Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani”.
On January 27, the Jewish community organizes an event in the Auditorium, which will involve 978 students from high school and baccalaureate of all Asturias.

Bulgaria and the Shoa in the Sephardic Museum of Toledo(Spain)

shoa-yadvashemThe Sephardic Museum of Toledo hosts until next Monday, January 30, the documentary exhibition “The power of civil society during the Holocaust: the case of Bulgaria 1940-1944”, an exhibition that was created on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Salvation of the Bulgarian Jews during World War II and was first presented in November 2009.

It has panels, facsimiles, photographs and text representing the development of events on the international scene throughout the years 1940-1943, the repercussion of events in Bulgaria, as well as the attitude of the authorities and the response Of the Bulgarian society, according to the Sefardi Museum reported Wednesday in a press release.

The exhibition, which can be visited until 30 January, was created on the occasion of the Holocaust Memorial Day –27 January – and between 2009 and 2015 has been presented in several cities in Europe and outside the European continent , Such as Warsaw, Prague, Copenhagen, Vilnius, Washington, New York, Toronto, Geneva, Dublin, Tel Aviv.

In Madrid

In Spain, it was possible to visit the Sefarad-Israel Center in Madrid (2013-2014), in the framework of the 15th European Jueva Cultural Day in Palma de Mallorca, at the Fundació Palma Espai d’Art – Casal Solleric ( 2014) and in the Foundation Three Cultures of the Mediterranean in Seville (2015).

The exhibition is held in collaboration with the State Institute of Culture of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and the Center for Jewish Studies of the University of Sofia San Clemente de Ojrid; Features the graphic design of Orlín Atanasov and has been translated by Slavka Savova and Stoyan Mihaylov.

Segovia remembers the victims of the holocaust

On January 27th, the United Nations General Assembly designated the International Day of Remembrance in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust and the Prevention of Crimes against Humanity and by the European Union as the European Day of Holocaust Remembrance . On this date the commemoration of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp (Poland) by the Soviet troops; A place that represents the horrors of persecution and extermination, where a million and a half Jews, Roma, Poles, Russians and prisoners of various nationalities were murdered.

Segovia, for the fourth consecutive year, will join this tribute. The Tourism and Culture areas of the City Council have organized on Thursday 27 January at 19:00 hours, an event in the Alhóndiga in which 6 candles will be lit in memory of the different groups most directly persecuted (Jews, disabled, Spanish Republicans , Gypsies, homosexuals …).

The act-homage will go together with the mayor, Clara Luquero, the councilors of Historical Heritage and Tourism, Claudia de Santos, and Culture, Marifé Santiago. Also attending will be Elías Cohen, Deputy Secretary of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain; Uriel Macias, press chief of the Israeli Embassy in Spain; Miguel de Lucas, General Director of Centro Sefarad-Israel and Rhoda Henelde Abecassi, survivor of the Holocaust.

Rhoda Henelde Abecasis was born in Warsaw in the days of the invasion of Poland by the German Nazi army. Licensed in English Literature and Romance, she lives in Madrid and currently, as main activity, translates Yiddish literature into Spanish. In her testimony she will relate how she was saved, but especially what became of her and of the other survivors at the end of the war.

After lighting the candles, Marifé Santiago will read a fragment of his novel ‘La canción de Ruth’ and will hear a locution of Leon Felipe putting voice to his poem ‘Auschwitch’.

Next, the sixth elementary students of the Fray Juan de la Cruz School, accompanied by their tutor Belén Calvo Sanz and music teacher, Elena Labrador Ruiz-Medrano, will offer ‘Flowers between wire of hawthorn’. A composition of photos of children’s drawings, most of them Terezín, with fragments of Jewish children’s diaries. The photos will be projected while the students dramatize the quotes from the allusive diaries and interpret four musical pieces with viola, guitar and dulzaina. They will recite two final poems and distribute flowers and bookmarks.

The act will end with a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

Boadilla (Madrid / Spain) and the Jewish Community promote the memory of the Holocaust

The City Council of Boadilla del Monte today celebrated, along with the Jewish Community of Madrid, the Day of Holocaust Remembrance, which recalls the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in 1945.
The tribute has begun with a video playing with the only photo album that exists of images of the arrival of prisoners to the camp, after which the interventions of the spokesman of the Jewish Community of Madrid, Raphael Benatar, of the director of the Center Sefarad-Israel, Miguel de Lucas.
This commemoration, designated by the United Nations on January 27 and has advanced in Boadilla today, has also had the presence of a victim of the consequences of the Holocaust, Rhoda Henelde, who has related the horror that had to live with his mother During much of his childhood.
The lighting of six candles has recalled, respectively, the six million Jews killed, the survivors who reshaped their lives, the 1.5 million children under the age of 16 who were victims of the Nazis, and the other minorities also killed.
After the candles were lit, there was the intervention of the spokeswoman of the Israeli Embassy, Hamutel Rogel, and a prayer for the victims of the Holocaust by Rabbi Moises Bendahan.
In the interventions of the Jewish representatives the idea has been reiterated of not forgetting what happened, for justice towards the victims and for the new generations to know it, with the idea that only knowing the history can be avoided to be repeated.
The mayor has closed the event with an intervention in which he has expressed, in addition to the remembrance of the victims, the need to analyze the causes that led to the Holocaust among which the religious fanaticism has stood out.
At the same time, there has also been criticism of intolerance towards the different, nationalisms and relativism that question the fundamental principles of democracy and modern society: the right to life, freedom, dignity of all human beings and Justice.

The former factory of Schinlder to be converted into a “Shoa” Memorial

The former factory of Oskar Schindler (1908-1974), a German businessman and spy who oskar-schindler-fabrica-696x522saved the lives of more than a thousand Jews during World War II in the Czech town of Brnenec, and the land of the former adjacent concentration camp, Converted into a new memorial of the Holocaust.

This is reported by the Czech daily Pravo, according to which a foundation has already purchased the land in the center-east of the country, where in 1944 Schindler moved his enamel and ammunition factory in Krakow.

The founder and director of The Endowment Fund Memorial of Shoah and Oskar Schindler, Jaroslav Novak, explains to the newspaper that it already has the support of the local authorities but is still looking for ways to finance the project, which aims to rebuild the whole complex, Including the control towers and the field in which factory workers had been held.

According to a biography of US historian David M. Crowe, Schindler, famous for Steven Spielberg’s hit film “Schindler’s List,” was “a gold-hearted opportunist” who saved the lives of 1,200 Jews during National Socialism.

Thanks to his good contacts with the Nazi authorities in Cracow, he acquired the Deutsche Email Warrenfabrik, called “Emalia”, which had been owned by a Jew and then transferred to Brnenec with the hundreds of Jewish workers he employed and thus saved from being deported to The Nazi extermination camps.