Ziarul Haaretz, citând Associated Press, aduce în atenția opiniei publice câteva aspecte privind simpozionul dedicat, în România, cu participanți din toată lumea, împlinirii a 70 de ani de la masacrele petrecute asupra evreilor în nord-estul României sub regimul profascist. Rabini sosiți din toată lumea au oficiat ceremoniile religioase și înhumările de cadavre găsite recent în gropi comune, al căror șir pare că se va continua în viitor.

Durerii și revelațiilor privind amploarea antisemitismului și forța sa politică (niciodată epuizată, conform recentelor observații), nu le putem opune decât infinita compasiune pentru cei ce au pierit fără vină – mulți fiind copii, oameni fără apărare, dar cu toții simpli cetățeni europeni de etnie evreiescă. Fie ca niciodată în România și sub nicio formă derapajele politice să nu mai atingă astfel de abisuri echivalente cu oroarea, tragedia rasistă, masacrul, genocidul, abolirea totală de la etică. Este și cauza pentru care considerăm negaționiștii Holocaustului sau ai Gulagului ca fiind, ei primii, cei dintâi incitatori la reiterarea politicilor genocidale, prin proiecție teoretică permisivă și nesancționată public, moral și juridic.

Pentru asumarea unui altfel de viitor, ferit de extremism și de crime în masă (de neacceptat, oricare ar fi tentațiile politice, fie ele de stânga sau de dreapta!), este absolut necesar ca educația în spiritul valorilor civice, dezvoltarea democrației și a statului de drept să devină o prioritate absolută pentru toți actorii sociali și politici din România.

Fiecare viață irosită prin genocid este o istorie  scrisă pentru monștri. Ea nu poate fi răscumpărată pe pământ decât de conștiințele umane dispuse să înfășoare în lumină și iertare destinele celor pe nedrept sacrificați.

…Și totuși, 70 de ani…Revenind la suprafață, memoria vindecă și naște speranță. Cine uită, acceptă întunericul. Din fericire, omenirea va păstra întotdeauna o majoritate echilibrată, care se va solidariza în fața Răului și va menține vii luminile veșnic aprinse în gropile comune ale memoriei…

Angela Furtuna

2 iulie 2011

Reproduc în cele ce urmează articolul din Haaretz:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/holocaust-forum-in-romania-raises-awareness-on-mass-graves-1.370814

  • Published 02:53 02.07.11
  • Latest update 02:53 02.07.11

Holocaust forum in Romania raises awareness on mass graves

Participants from France, Germany, Ukraine, the U.S. and Romania attend symposium in Romania’s capital, during the commemoration of 70 years since about 12,000 Jews were killed in the country’s northeast under the pro-fascist regime of dictator Marshal Ion Antonescu.

By The Associated PressTags: HolocaustUS

 
 
 

Dozens of scholars and historians from across Europe and the U.S. attended a symposium Friday on Holocaust mass graves in Eastern Europe to raise awareness in countries where little information on the subject was available under communism.

Paul Shapiro from the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum said well over 1 million Jews were murdered in Eastern Europe before the Nazi concentration camps were operational.

Rabbis bury remains of Holocaust victims - AP Rabbis reburying remains of Holocaust victims found in a mass grave in Iasi.
Photo by: AP
 

He said the mass graves „lay forgotten, unmarked and unstudied for decades” because of Communist rule and Holocaust denial.

The event in Romania’s capital — the first of its kind in a former communist country — coincided with the commemoration of 70 years since about 12,000 Jews were killed in northeastern Romania under the pro-fascist regime of dictator Marshal Ion Antonescu.

Participants at the symposium came from France, Germany, Ukraine, the U.S. and Romania.

Last year, researchers in Romania discovered a mass grave in a forest near the town of Popricani, close to the northeastern city of Iasi where the 1941 pogrom took place. The grave contained the bodies of 36 people, including women and 12 children.

Shapiro said „at Iasi, thousands of Jews were murdered on the streets of the city by Romanian authorities and civilian collaborators, with some German participation, within sight of the non-Jewish population of the city.” He added that „the killings elicited no negative reaction by the population.”

Shapiro believes that the Iasi pogrom could be seen as „the signal that mass murder of Jews on the streets, in plain sight, in public, was possible, and that all Jews, not just men who might bear arms to resist, should be killed and simply thrown into mass graves, to be forgotten forever.”

„Is it by chance that just three to four weeks later official Nazi policy changed to call for the murder of all Jews – men, women, children and the old?” he said.

The discovery near Iasi last year offered evidence of pogroms against Jews in the region, where official history taught that Germans were the sole perpetrators of the Holocaust.

About 280,000 Jews and 11,000 Roma, or Gypsies, were killed during the pro-fascist regime of dictator Marshal Ion Antonescu, who was Romania’s prime minister from 1940 to 1944 and was executed by the communists in 1946. About 6,000 Jews live in Romania today.

During communist times, the country largely ignored the involvement of Romania’s leaders in wartime crimes.

The country’s role in the Holocaust and the deportation of Jews were minimized by subsequent governments after communism collapsed in 1989.

In 2004, after a dispute with Israel over comments about the Holocaust, then-President Ion Iliescu assembled an international panel led by Nobel-prize winner Elie Wiesel to investigate the Holocaust in Romania.

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