In 2015, January 27 was proclaimed by the Government and the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova as the National Holocaust Remembrance Day.
In 2019, the Moldovan government at its meeting on January 18 approved the international definition of anti-Semitism adopted in 2016 at the meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). It includes examples of how hatred of Jews can be manifested. An anti-Semite, in particular, can be called someone who denies the Holocaust or considers that Jews invented it or have exaggerated its scope.
From January 22 to January 29, 2019, the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, together with the Jewish Community, organized a week of commemoration, which included relevant and significant events.
It was proper experience of cooperation, which, through joint efforts, raised the issue of preserving the memory of the Holocaust victims to the level it truly deserves.
A large-scale information campaign was held, which made it possible to draw the attention of our citizens to the importance of cherishing the memory of the human tragedy of the Holocaust.
The information campaign included such events as:
A special issue of Наш голос (Our Voice) newspaper devoted to the Holocaust theme. The main subject of the issue became the Righteous among the nations.
This year, Moldova again joined the #WeRemember global campaign conducted by the World Jewish Congress. Video materials about the campaign were broadcast on TV channels, while posters calling for its support were placed in all schools of Chisinau.
On January 24, the Youth Forum of the Republic of Moldova We Own the Future took place in the House of Nationalities.
The event discussed the topics related to the dynamics of the Holocaust education in the Republic of Moldova, reflection of the Holocaust phenomenon in the field of culture and in media, etc.
On January 27, at the Monument to the Victims and Martyrs of Chisinau ghetto on Jerusalem Street, on the initiative of the Jewish Community of the Republic of Moldova, an information panel was set up dedicated to this tragic page in history.
A short rally was held, opened by Igor Dodon, President of the Republic of Moldova. The head of state gave a principled assessment of the genocide unleashed by the invaders during the war on our territory. In particular, he promised to initiate legislation on the responsibility for denying the Holocaust and trying to whitewash the Nazi war criminals.
On January 28, at the Chekhov Russian Drama Theater, they showed the performance The Time of Love and Hate based on the play by J. Sobol The Ghetto. It is a narrative about the catastrophe of European Jewry during the Second World War. The targeted audience of the show was high school students, and sussfully attracted more than 300 students at the theater hall.
On January 29, a requiem meeting, organized on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, was held on Calea Orheiului, near the memorial to the Victims of Fascism. It was attended by MPs, ministers, representatives of international organizations and diplomatic missions, leaders of ethnic and cultural organizations, and high school students of the capital.
Andrian Candu, Chairman of the Parliament, said in his opening speech: “On behalf of the Republic of Moldova and all the people of the country, we pay tribute to the victims of the most terrible tragedy. We must remember the lessons of history, be more tolerant, more open, more constructive, and more respectful towards one another. ”
After that, foreign delegations, together with community leaders and government officials, visited the Jewish cemetery, where restoration work has been going on for two months. The heads of Moldovan ministries and departments had a talk about plans for rehabilitating the necropolis and other problems related to historical memory with Paul Packer, Chairman of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, and Tali Ploskov, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset of the State of Israel, Co-Chair of the Israel-Moldova Parliamentary Friendship Group.
The panel centered around the report on the implementation of the plan of actions held in memory of the victims of the Holocaust in Moldova as well as the actions taken by the authorities for the Holocaust history never to repeat.
The discussion was attended by members of parliament and government, representatives of international organizations and diplomatic missions, representatives of the Jewish and Roma communities as well as representatives of civil society.
According to the Speaker Andrian Candu, for the first time in many years, the Republic of Moldova complied with its obligations and is determined to do away with the reluctance that hindered the study of history and learning its lessons.
“The history of the Holocaust is our history. It is our common tragedy. Recognizing this on the level of the state and by every citizen of Moldova is an achievement that we must strengthen. It is time to understand that the fight against intolerance, anti-Semitism and xenophobia, discrimination and racism is the responsibility of each of us,” Andrian Candu said opening the event.
“The political declaration on the adoption of the report presented by the International Commission on the Holocaust chaired by Elie Wiesel, which was made by the Parliament of Moldova, is one of the most ambitious documents,” said Alexandr Bilinkis, President of the Jewish Community of the Republic of Moldova.
The Chairman of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad Paul Packer commended the authorities for commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, noting that the efforts made will yield significant results. The Deputy Speaker of the Knesset of the State of Israel Tali Ploskov also thanked the authorities for honoring the memory of the ancestors who survived the Holocaust.
The Parliament of the Republic of Moldova condemned the Holocaust by making in July 2016 a political statement about adopting the report of the International Commission on the Holocaust chaired by Elie Wiesel. The political declaration condemns any attempt to ignore and deny the Holocaust and pays tribute to the victims and survivors of the genocide.
Showing the film Who Will Write Our History dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust
The film Who Will Write Our Story devoted to the victims of the Holocaust completed the action program on the Holocaust victims’ commemoration Day.
On January 29, the show was held at the Patria Loteanu movie theater in the capital of Moldova as well as at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DС and at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, CA. In addition, more than 400 cinemas, synagogues, churches, universities, museums and community centers around the world demonstrated the film these days.