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  • 29 January 2019

    As part of the In Memoriam 2019 cycle, on Sunday January 27 "If this is a man" was presented at the Chacao Theater. It is a monologue based on the homonymous work by the Jewish-Italian writer Primo Levi.

    On January 28 and 29, 2000, the Forum "The Holocaust: on memory, education and research" was held in Stockholm, Sweden, convened by the government of that country. The meeting brought together almost all the countries of Europe, three countries of Latin America: Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, and also, Israel, South Africa, Turkey, the UN, the Council of Europe and the Holy See as observer. The attendees signed the Stockholm Declaration with the following text: "With humanity still terrified by genocide, ethnic cleansing, racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia, the international community shares the solemn responsibility to combat these forces of evil" and so there was a committment to dedicate January 27 as the date to keep in the collective memory the Holocaust (in Hebrew: Shoá) planned and committed by the Nazis, as a tragedy that changed the foundations of Humanity.
     
    The book recounts the tragic vicissitudes of Levi since his arrest on December 13, 1943, his confinement in an Italian camp in Fossoli (Province of Modena) and his transfer to Auschwitz on February 21, 1944, until his release on January 25, 1945. It was included by the French newspaper Le Monde among the best hundred books of the 20th century. In this version adapted by Omar Gonzalo, the well-known actor Javier Vidal gives life to the important Italian writer, in a piece that serves as a reflection of the horrors to which man can come, and at the same time of the power of hope.
     
    It must be remembered that Poland, being the only Nazi-occupied country in which death was paid for rendering aid to a Jew, is currently the country with more nationals in the list of the Righteous Among the Nations that the Yad Vashem Committee compiles.

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