Olive Tree Planted in Rome for Holocaust Remembrance Day.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Olive tree planting ceremony held at the Julius Caesar School in Rome, to commemorate two students who had studied there and had perished in Auschwitz.
KKL Italy hosted a special event on January 20th at the Julius Caesar School in Rome, where an olive tree was planted to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which takes place in Europe on January 27th.
The event was attended by HE Stefania Giannini, the Education Minister of Italy, who had returned the day before from a visit to Auschwitz; the Israeli Ambassador to Italy, HE Naor Gilon; the Italian Ambassador to Israel, HE Francesco Maria Talò; the President of KKL Italy,
Raffaele Sassun; the President of the Jewish Community in Rome, Ruth Dureghello; the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni; and the Headmaster of the Liceo Classico Statale Giulio Cesare, Prof. Micaela Ricciardi.
The event was also attended by executive board members of the United Jewish Communities (UJC); executive board members of KKL Rome; family members of Jews in Italy who had been expelled and then killed in Auschwitz; and approximately 150 high school and middle school students from the Giulio Cesare School.
The event was initiated by Italian Ambassador to Israel Francesco Maria Talò, who is a graduate of the Julius Caesar School. The ambassador suggested holding an event there for International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Europe, to commemorate two students from the Finzi family who had studied in that school and had perished in Auschwitz.
At the ceremony, Education Minister Stefania Giannini said she had returned only yesterday from a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp with a group of teenagers. More than 70,000 Italians have visited Auschwitz this year, 80% of them teenagers who went under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Education.
The Education Minister also spoke about the importance of planting trees, which symbolize peace and connection to the earth, and said she is planning to personally promote the project for planting trees in Israel initiated by KKL Italy. All schoolchildren in Italy, especially those that visit Auschwitz for Holocaust Remembrance Day, are expected to take part in the tree planting project for Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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