On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day the Embassy of Italy in Latvia and the Museum “Jews in Latvia” have the honor to invite you
to a public discussion to be held at the EU House in Riga,
on January 24th 2019, at 14.00-17.30/18.00
Digital media about Holocaust and challenges of freedom of speech (14.00-15.30/16.00)
How can we draw the line between freedom of speech and stigmatization of group or individuals?
Should the freedom of speech be redefined?
The challenge of the digital era. Is the mentioning about Holocaust slightly minimizing on Internet than in a real life, or just the opposite?
Coffee break (15.30/16.00-16.00/16.30)
The role of cultural institutions in preserving the memory about Holocaust and in promoting the common values (16.00/16.30-17.30/18.00)
The role of State or NGOs in the preservation of memory. The motivation of the State.
The role of art/culture and the academic research.
Meaning of the Holocaust for the “general” public. What is a source of inspiration in advancing contemporary values, especially within the Eastern European societies?
Researcher, CDEC (Jewish Contemporary Research Center) Milan, Italy
Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight against Anti-Semitism, Federal Minister of Interior, Building and Community, Germany
Ambassador, author of the book “Last train to Moscow”, Finland
Professor, Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Canada
Research Programme Director, Simon Wiesenthal Institute, Austria
Heritage Preservation Specialist, Lithuanian Jewish Community’s Heritage Protection, Lithuania
Head of the Diplomatic and Historical Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greece
- Teresa Śmiechowska, Art historian, exhibitions curator, custodian in Art Department Żydowski Instytut Historyczny, Jewish Historical Institute, Poland
Mr. Øivind Kopperud, Center for studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Oslo, Norway
Lecturer and Research Associate, Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Bern, Switzerland
Inter-Ministerial delegate in charge of the Fight against racism and antisemitism, France
Director, Centre for Human Rights, Latvia
Moderator of both discussion sessions: Ilya Lensky, Director of the museum “Jews in Latvia”
Venue: Europe House
Aspazijas Bulv. 28, Riga, LV-1050, LATVIA
We wish to thank all the co-organizers and sponsors:
for the venue and other logistic necessities: the Representation of the European Commission in Latvia;
for the experts: the Embassies of Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Norway and Switzerland;
for the lunch on January 24th: the Embassy of France;
for the dinner on January 24th: the Embassies of Norway and Spain;
for the coffee break on January 24th: the Embassy of Netherland;
for the translation: the Representation of the European Commission in Latvia;
for the exhibitions: the Embassies of Czech. Rep, Greece and Israel;
for the movies: the Embassies of Canada, Czech. Rep and Greece;
for transfer, visiting guide at the museums and organization support: the Jews Community of Riga;
We wish also to thank for the participation the Embassies of Ireland, Hungary U.K., Slovakia, Sweden, USA.