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Estonia holds a commemoration ceremony to mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

27. January 2020 - 5:38

Today, on the 27th January at 13.00 a national commemoration ceremony will be held at the Rahumäe Jewish Cemetary (Rahumäe street 8a) in Tallinn to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  

The speakers at the ceremony include the Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps, the Chairperson of the Jewish Community of Estonia Alla Jakobson and the Head of the Diplomatic Corps and the Ambassador of Brazil Roberto Colin. The Ambassador of Israel Dov Segev-Steinberg sends his address. Estonian Chief Rabbi Smuel Kot gives the final blessing.

At 14.30, the winners of an essay competition “Klooga and Auschwitz 75 – how does it speaks to me” will be awarded at the premises of the Jewish Community of Estonia (Karu street 16). A exhibition “Jewish Bucharest photos” will be opened.

Tomorrow, on 28th January at 16.00 a book on Jews and sionism in the Republic of Estonia from 1918-1940 by Irina Stelmach is presented at Vabamu museum which is followed by a holocaust-themed tour. Additional information can be found at Vabamu’s website.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day has been celebrated in Estonia since 2003. The national commemoration ceremony his organized by the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia in cooperation with the Jewish Community of Estonia, the Estonian delegation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory.


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