In Buenos Aires, Argentina the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace presented the project Traces to Remember to the Delegation of Argentine Jewish Associations, (DAIA for it's acronym in spanish) with the support of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary.
For the annual day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, Holocaust survivor Eugenia Unger’s handprints were engraved, along with those of her grandson and great-grandson. Unger was born in 1926 in Warsaw, Poland. She and her family were forced to move into the Warsaw Ghetto, after which they went through the extermination and concentration camps of Majdanek, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Ravensbruk, Rehov and Malakhov.
Eugenia Unger gave a touching message, sharing her story and recounting some of the experiences she lived through in the concentration camps that marked her life. She also urged the audience to never stop fighting in defense of the fundamental freedom of individuals.
Dr. Soto stated the following words as he presented the commemorative plaque on behalf of the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace:
"The Holocaust or Shoah is a stain of indignity and shame in the history of the human race. And although some people and nations seek to hide or lessen its magnitude, by gathering here today we are honoring the memory of the victims, for it is a greater shame to cast their memories into the sea of forgetfulness. Therefore, it should be forbidden to forget the Holocaust, because forgetting it would be a crime."
He also made the commitment to continue to present the project to congresses, foreign affairs ministries, embassies, schools and universities, so that people become aware of the consequences of discrimination and intolerance, creating opportunities to educate and reflect on actions and mechanisms that aim to prevent another genocide from taking place.
"To those who insist that it’s time to ‘turn the page’, to ‘move forward and forget,’ we say to them: We will ‘turn the page’ when we are completely certain that we have learned the lesson,"
OTHER TRACES IN "PLAZA DE LA SHOAH"
After the event at the DAIA, participants were taken to Plaza de la Shoah, where guests put their handprints and wrote the name of a Holocaust victim on special parchments, honoring those who died in the Nazi concentration camps.
Both events were attended by Julio Schlooser, President of the DAIA; Ofer Moreno, Political Advisor of the Embassy of Israel; Guillermo Borger, President of the AMIA and Victor Chama President of the OSA.