The Staff Union has decided to recognize this day with particular attention to the heroic efforts of men and women from the Balkans who risked their lives trying to save Jews from certain death....
There will be a display of all the countries of the former Yugoslavia with stories and photos of the acts of courage by all ethnicities from the region.
We are honoured to have as guests three Holocaust survivors from the former Yugoslavia who were saved and will tell their positive stories of rescue.
In addition we have been granted permission from filmmaker Rachel Goslins to screen the not yet released 45-minutes documentary Besa (The Promise) which tells the story of Albanian Muslims who saved Jews from deportation by enacting the code of Besa.
Screening will be at 12 p.m. in the Fishbowl.
All staff and interns are invited to attend, please see below the programme and short description of the guest speakers.
17:30 Arrival and seating of guests, welcome cocktail
17:45 Opening by President Meron
17:50 Accounts and experiences from our guests of honour from the former Yugoslavia, survivors of the Holocaust
18:30 Performance by soprano Michal Bitan
Miriam Steiner Aviezer
Author of "Hrvatski Pravednici" (Righteous Croats) and other books,
Member of the Commission for the Designation of the Righteous, Yad Vashem