As part of the University of Padua 800th Anniversary Celebrations, an event organized by the Office of Public Relations of the Communications and Marketing commemorates January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Following institutional greetings by Monica Salvadori, Vice Rector of Historical and Cultural Heritage, Francesca Benciolini of the Municipality of Padua and the Honorary Consul General of Hungary in Verona Lajos Pintér, the event starts with the presentation of the “Budapest – Sulle orme di Giorgio Perlasca” video project, which follows the footsteps of Giorgio Perlasca in Budapest during The Second World War.
The video project was made possible thanks to a group of upper secondary school students from the Veneto Region who spent the summer of 2021 identifying the precise footsteps of the Italian hero, guided by his diary, during his time in the Hungarian capital. Touching upon the most significant places where the man known as “Righteous Among the Nations” stood in the winter between 1944 and 1945, and who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from deportation by posing as a Spanish consul-general.
Then event also welcomes Franco Perlasca and Luciana Amadio from the Giorgio Perlasca Foundation of Padua.
The second part of the day is dedicated to ‘Riflessione sul tema della memoria: Come coltivarla, come prendersene cura (Reflecting on memories: how to cultivate them, how to care for them)
Speakers include Giulia Simone, Professor of Contemporary History – SPGI University of Padua, Cinzia Franchi, Professor of Hungarian Literature – DisLL University of Padua – Alessandra Coin – Community of Sant’Egidio Veneto – and a video testimonial from the students.
Moderates the meeting, Marco Mascia, University of Padua.
The event is sold out but is also held on online Zoom platform.
The event is organized in collaboration with the A. Papisca University Centre for Human Rights, the Perlasca Foundation, the Honorary Consulate General of Hungary in Venice, the Italian-Hungarian Cultural Association of the Triveneto, and the Veneto Region.