International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019

Ievietots: 21. Janvāris, 2019

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

Session I:
Digital media about Holocaust and challenges of freedom of speech

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)

Session II:

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?

Participating experts:

  • Stefano Gatti
    Researcher, CDEC (Jewish Contemporary Research Center) Milan, Italy
  • Felix Klein
    Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight against Anti-Semitism, Federal Minister of Interior, Building and Community, Germany
  • René Nyberg
    Ambassador, author of the book “Last train to Moscow”, Finland
  • Clint Curle
    Professor, Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Eva Kovacs
    Research Programme Director, Simon Wiesenthal Institute, Austria
  • Martynas Užpelkis
    Heritage Preservation Specialist, Lithuanian Jewish Community’s Heritage Protection, Lithuania


  • Fotini Tomai-Konstantopoulou
    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
  • Daniel Gerson
    Lecturer and Research Associate, Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Bern, Switzerland


  • Frederic Pottier
    Inter-Ministerial delegate in charge of the Fight against racism and antisemitism, France
  • Anhelita Kamenska
    Director, Centre for Human Rights, Latvia

Moderator of both discussion sessions:  Ilya Lensky, Director of the museum “Jews in Latvia”

Registration form

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.