As the English philosopher Edmund Burke rightly stated: “Those who do not know history are condemned to repeat it” and anniversaries such as the “Day of Remembrance” are an opportunity to renew memory, stimulate reflection, not to waste collective memory over time. It is not just a sterile homage to the victims of Nazism but a profound reflection on a story that concerns us all closely, because we wonder what reasons allowed it to happen. On January 27, 77 years ago, by breaking down the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp, it was men who changed the course of the very ugly page of history that other beings, inhuman torturers, had unfortunately written, staining themselves with the most atrocious of crimes. History is not just a set of dates and events but is made up of emotions, sufferings, pains, aspirations, abuses and prevarications but also of solidarity, thoughts, values. It is not true that it travels above individuals and that it overwhelms and devastates everything. History is made by the women and men of a community, both local and global. Ultimately, we are the story. The Republic of San Marino, in the years of Nazi-fascist persecutions, was able to offer refuge and protection to many religious citizens, confirming its natural vocation to asylum, to respect, in the firm belief that every human being is equal to another, in rights and dignity. A founding element of our community that must never be dispersed but represent a beacon, in particular, in distressing moments like the ones we are going through. Celebrating the Day of Remembrance must not be limited to temporary indignation and moral denunciation against Nazi crimes, against serious and inhuman events, but must develop all generations to understand, to strengthen the tools of awareness so that nothing like this can ever happen again. .
cs Congress of State
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