“A person is only forgotten when his or her name is forgotten.”
Monday, 6 August 2018, will be a special day for Ljubljana and Slovenia, as first twenty-three Jews from Ljubljana and their relatives, who were forced from their homes due to their origin and the Nazi plan and were taken to various concentration camps across Europe, will symbolically return to Slovenia. The Slovenian Jewish community was almost completely ruined by the Holocaust, and it has not recovered since.
The project “Stolpersteine” – one name, one stone, one person, has been initiated in 1992 by a German artist Gunter Demnig, who wanted to commemorate the victims of the Nazi persecution by installing memorial paving stones with the names of the victims at the doors of the houses where they last lived. Today, the Stolpersteine are placed in more than 610 cities in Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Norway and Ukraine. In Slovenia, the Stolpersteine have been laid so far only in Maribor.
In Ljubljana, Gunter Demnig and the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr Borut Pahor, will lay the first two memorial stones at Cankarjevo nabrežje 1 at 10 a. m. A short programme performed by the Stockholm Cantor, Mr Isidoro Abramowitz and Israeli opera singer, Ms Sivan Goldman will accompany the event. Later, the memorial stones will be laid at different locations throughout Ljubljana, while the last memorial stone will be installed presumably at 6 p. m. at Križevniška ulica 7. Afterwards, the event will continue at the Jewish Cultural Centre Ljubljana with a cultural programme that will encompass the opening of an art installation dedicated to 587 Slovenian victims of the Holocaust made by artists Miran Mohar and Vadim Fiškin, an exhibition – a series of portrait posters – by Vuk Ćosić entitled “Reconstructed Portraits of Erased Jewish Fellow Citizens from Ljubljana”, a short lecture by Gunter Deming and a cultural programme featuring Sivan Goldman and Isidoro Abramowitz.
23 persons – 23 memorial stones
Organiser: Jewish Cultural Centre Ljubljana in collaboration with the Center of Jewish Cultural Heritage Synagogue Maribor, Mini Theatre and the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
For detailed information on the programme, please follow up the announcements of the Jewish Cultural Centre Ljubljana.
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