Girona, Spain – Last Tuesday, January 30th, Girona City Hall hosted a poignant observance of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, featuring active engagement from the AEPJ. Girona City Council, holding the Vice-presidency of the network, hosted and organized this significant event.
The event, held in the Girona City Council’s plenary hall, featured speakers including Marta Marín Dòmine, a renowned writer and expert in memory studies, and Victor Sorenssen, Director of the AEPJ. Lluc Salellas Vilar, Mayor of Girona and President of the Patronat Call de Girona, provided the concluding remarks. The speeches underscored the crucial role of memory, educational efforts, and the potential of such events to drive initiatives and projects related to Holocaust education.
During his address, Victor Sorenssen outlined the AEPJ’s vision, highlighting the vital role of understanding European Jewish heritage as a catalyst for social development and a conduit for cultural dialogue. He emphasized the organization’s commitment to a multidisciplinary approach to heritage work, promoting core European values such as human rights, cultural diversity, and dialogue.
The event witnessed the presence of various City Council members, the Director General of Memory of the Government of Catalonia, political figures, representatives from the Catalan Jewish community, and students. The commemoration served as a powerful reminder of the importance of preserving historical memory and fostering educational initiatives to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust are never forgotten.