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I would like to thank each and every one of you who supported my project in celebration of the Remembrance Day of the Holocaust which occurred in Europe under Nazi occupation during World War Two. I really believe it is important to remember such events in order for such an atrocity never to happen again, to no people on Earth. The future always has foundations in the past, and as long as we keep memory alive we can learnt from our mistakes and try to make the world at least a little bit better.

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Unfortunately, not only not everybody seems to share my point of view, either in general or about these historical facts which, I think, have been proved beyond any confutation, but they even go as far as taking their hatred out on innocent people. In the past days some very serious things happened in Italy, the country in which I have resided for over thirty years.
Someone anonymously sent three boxes to the Synagogue, the Remembrance Museum and the Israeli embassy in Rome, each containing a pig head. This happened right before the beginning of the Shabbat and subsequent Remembrance Day. It was no random prank or tasteless joke, but a very deliberate and carefully planned action aimed to disrespect the memory of those who perished during the Holocaust and the Jews who live in Italy today.
I am not religious, nor am I even a Jew myself, but this events made me sick. This gratuitous disrespect makes me feel deeply disgusted and ashamed on behalf of my fellow compatriots. I can totally relate to the Jewish people not only because, looking objectively back at history they are the people who suffered the most out of any historical event affecting Europe, but also because my own people, the Belarusians, were to endure a totally similar fate during the Nazi occupation: the Belarusians were to be obliterated without leaving any trace, and one out of four of them died either during the war or in concentration camps. My own father were deported to and survived a concentration camp in Finland during the war, while my mother narrowly avoided that because the partisan mayor of her village falsified the documents of those who were to turn old enough to be deported. This tragedy directly affected my family just one generation prior me, so it is still recent history and a relevant topic today. Moreover, my thought goes to those Italian who were forced to leave their families behind and go into hiding to fight the fascist regime and try to free their own country: not only the events of the last days disrespected the Jewish people, or those like the Belarusians who were to share their fate, but also the Italians who died fighting the injustice their government bestowed upon them.

I do not justify or tolerate such hate, nor do I understand such a lack of historical perspective. When there is a war, nobody wins except hate. There are so many more victims than one might think: not only those who were persecuted, not only those who fight against the regimes, not only the soldiers who die because of other people's orders, but also civilians who have to endure hardships, bombings, injustice committed before their eyes, or the stigma of relatives who took part in the atrocities. Everybody ends up a loser in a war, and while the Remembrance Day focuses on those who suffered the most during those events, it actually reminds us of everybody who had to suffer because of the hate. The events which occurred in Italy last Friday and Saturday are an insult to all of us. Even though I am as far as I can be from those who did that, I want to apologise on behalf of all Italians.
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archipirata Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Last year when I was working on my book, "A Photographer's Guide to Venice," I spent a lot of time wandering through the different neighborhoods and finding that each area had so many differences in local culture. I remember wandering into the Ghetto area and at first glance it seemed to look like any other neighborhood in Venice. But the more time I spent there, the more I saw the small, sometimes nearly hidden cultural elements. Hebrew characters on a mailbox, a Star of David carved into a stone doorway, men wearing Yarmulkes and many other elements that have existed in this place for centuries. When I came into the square and found the bronze plaques I stood for a very long time thinking about our shared humanity and the potential for good and evil in us all. Even though Venice is filled with many wondrous sights, the Ghetto was a place I will always remember.

Thanks for sharing your story and photos.
Be well.
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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
The last time I visited it was on a Friday evening, which marked the beginning of Shabbat, and many inhabitants of the neighbourhood went into the square to meet, stay together, play with the children and so on. What fascinated me was the liveliness of the people there, with so many children, as well as the strong community sense. They trust in the future, whereas we see things in a grimmer way (most of us just have one single child and wonder if they can rise him/her properly).

Thank you too for sharing your story, and be well! :hug:
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ShlomitMessica Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The last survivors of the holocaust are afraid that this will be forgotten, but I think humanity will always remember.
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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
I hope too.
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7w7w Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
They will be missed. Like I said, World War II was traumatizing. :(
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MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Your tribute in photos was so beautiful, so thoughtful. This particular era in history has always touched my very soul. I cannot begin to imagine what it must have been like to endure such evil. The Schindlers, Tenbooms, Franks, the German officer who spared Władysław Szpilman and all those unnamed heroes who, in their own way brought moments of kindness, moments of peace, are all honored today.
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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Thank you share my opinion :heart:
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