European Day of the Righteous in Łódż

Redakcja, 3rd March 2017
On 6th March, the European Day of the Righteous, the Marek Edelman Centre for Dialogue in Łódż invites the community to a series of events dedicated to the Righteous. This day of remembrance was established by the European Parliament in May 2012, on the initiative of the Italian Garden of the Righteous Committee (GARIWO). The date, 6th March, is not coincidental. This date marks the death of Mosze Bejski, the Polish-born initiator of the Garden of the Righteous in Jerusalem. He also co-authored the title of "Righteous Among the Nations of the World".

EVENTS PROGRAM

- marking the European Day of the Righteous at the Marek Edelman Centre for Dialogue in Łódż:

13.00 – Official ceremony at the Righteous Among the Nations Monument, Park Ocalałych in Łódż, followed by a walk through the Park to the Marek Edelman Centre for Dialogue in Łódż (ul. Wojska Polskiego 83).

14.00 – Opening of the exhibition "A Visa for Life - Diplomats Who Saved Jews” (an exhibition by the Israeli Embassy)

14.15 – Presentation of "2016 Report: The Righteous”, following the inauguration of the "2017 Report: The Children".

18.00 – "Whoever Saves One Life Saves the World Entire – the Righteous Among the Nations”:

  • "The Righteous Linked With Łódż” – Szymon Pawlak, Project Coordinator of" Raport 2016: Sprawiedliwi", educator at the Centre for Dialogue relating stories of the Righteous Among the Nations who are linked with Łódż. The profiles of these people were prepared by the youth of Klub Kuriera during an educational project about the Righteous.
  • "The Japanese Righteous - Chiune Sugihara” presented by Izabella Prystasz. In 1939, Japanese diplomat Chinue Sugihara was Vice-Consul in Kovno, Lithuania. To this day, the number of people saved by this "Japanese Schindler" cannot be firmly established. Sources estimate the number from 2,000-6,000 to around 10,000. It estimate arrises from documents, however one visa could have covered more than one person - even an entire family. In 1985, Sugihara was honoured with the title of Righteous AMong the Nations. To this day, he is th eonly Japanese to be so honoured. Read more about him on our websit.

During a gala on 6th March, the European Day of the Righteous, at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Garden of the Righteous in Warsaw Committee will announce the names of those honoured as "The Righteous of 2017". The program will also feature a concert and the announcement of a competition entited "Following in the Path of Father Zieją”. More on our website.