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The History of Holocaust Must Become a Part of National History

The Council’s President Ian Feldman participated in the seminar Holocaust in the press – Opportunity, Resources, Good Practices, organized on May 15 by the National Institute for Holocaust Studies in Romania “Elie Wiesel” (NIHSR) in partnership with the Institute of Oral History of Moldova (IOHM) and the Friedrich Ebert Moldova Foundation (FES).

This seminar has united journalists, historians, representatives from Ministry of Education, Culture and Research and from Council for preventing and eliminating discrimination and ensuring equality.

The Holocaust was a taboo subject during Soviet times, and to a great extent, it has remained as the subject that scientists, politicians and the media don’t like to raise, even today, after the 27 years of the disappearance of the Soviet Union. This theme is poorly presented in political discussions. Politicians with a rare exception don’t prefer discussing it. Teaching it at schools and universities remains a keen necessity if we want to create a healthy memory towards this event in the society. Although during 20-25 years some things have improved, mostly the situation remains unsatisfactory”, mentioned Alexei Tulbure, IOHM Director.

The time between the seminar was being held, participants were watching documentary Behind the Nistru, where they were hearing stories from witnesses of Holocaust nightmares. 

Holocaust Survey Specialists – Marius Cazan and Ana Bărbulescu from the Romanian Holocaust National Institute of Holocaust reflected as objective as possible the realities of the Holocaust in Romania, Bessarabia and Transnistria. The documentary materials served as a support for the argumentation of positions that were rarely exposed, sometimes even intentionally avoided.

This kind of seminar has a great impact in the society, it extends the knowledge about these events then and motivate us to educate today’s generation to avoid and to not repeat these mistakes again!”, said Council’s President Ian Feldman.

Participants were interested to hear about the causes of mass destructions and noted the ignorance of media to reflect the truth.

At the end of the seminar, it was stated that media has to mention about the Holocaust tragedy in an objective and candid way because it helps society to preserve this historical memory. Holocaust tragedy shouldn’t be presented in statistics due to the dehumanizing of the victims instead the victims must be humanized.

Only one moment to see how a woman is holding strongly her child in the puddle of blood by the reason of her ethnicity makes us to shudder.