On 23 January, the international event "From the Novi Sad Raid to the Liberation of Auschwitz - How and Why we remember?", was held at the cultural centre of Novi Sad. The event was co-organized by Terraforming, the Historical Archive of the City of Novi Sad and the Cultural Center of Novi Sad, as a contribution to commemorating the Novi Sad Raid, International Holocaust Remembrance Day and 75 years since liberation of Auschwitz- Birkenau, and and aimed to enhance remembrance culture in Serbia.
With over hundred citizens from Novi Sad in the audience, from high school students to Holocaust survivors, the event was a great success.
The event was opened with the speeches by Sunčica Marković, Deputy Director, Cultural Center Novi Sad, Ivan Siler, Deputy Mayor of Novi Sad, Brankica Janković, Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, Maayan Ben Tura, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel, Dorothea Gieselmann, Minister Counsellor, German Embassy in Belgrade and Aleksandar Tasic, Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and Head of Serbian delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance IHRA. The program host was Misko Stanisic, Director of Terraforming.
The final part of the program was the panel debate with Olga Ungar Yad Vashem, Israel; Zoltan Toth-Heinemann Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest, Hungary and Petar Djurdjev Historical Archive of the City of Novi Sad, Serbia moderated by Misko Stanisic, Director of Terraforming. The participants spoke about the challenges we are facing today in safeguarding and preserving the memory of the Holocaust, and in particular the distortion of the history as one of the main problems.
At the end of the first part of the program, Miloš Janković read a very emotional poem from his new book of poetry about the Holocaust, a collection called Kaddish.
For videos and photos from the event, please visit the Terraforming website.
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