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  Friday 6 May 2016

On Friday May 6, 2016, the photo exhibition RIGHTEOUS AMONG NATIONS was inaugurated. The exhibition was realised in the framework of the Romanian Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), and presents the stories of 9 out of 105 Romanians identified so far, who bravely put their lives on the line during the Holocaust years to shelter Jews and save their lives.  As a consequence of their courage, these people received the title of Righteous Among Nations, a recognition awarded by the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem, as a token of appreciation for outstanding contributions to save Jewish lives and to uphold democratic values in times of crisis. Attending the opening ceremony were Heads of Mission and diplomats from IHRA Member and Observer Countries, members of the Hellenic delegation to the organisation, representatives of the Jewish community in Greece, Holocaust survivors, as well as academic and cultural personalities. Ms. Zanet Battinou, director of the J.M.G. welcomed the attendees, while, the Ambassador of Romania, H.E. Mr. Lucian Fătu, in his opening remarks, praised the bold activity of all the men and women who retained their humanity and made a difference in the turbulent years of World War II by trying to help their fellows, despite all the risks incurred by their actions. Their brave conduct in support of the Romanian Jewish community left positive marks on a dark page of history and needs to be conveyed, especially to young generations, in order to avoid repeating tragedies such as the Holocaust. Short speeches given by Ms. Fotini Tomai, Ambassador A’ and head of the Historical Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as by Ms. Irit Ben Aba, Ambassador of Israel, were also within the same framework. The event ended with a short reception during which the attendees tasted local Romanian wines. 

The exhibition was hosted at the JMG until 19th May, 2016 and afterwards it was shown in Larissa at the Diachronic Museum, on May 21-29.



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