2023 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Presentation

Jan 18, 2023 672

BY: Sandra Tornberg

In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly called on nations to mark January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 2023 marks the 78th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945. 

The Consulate of Italy in Detroit and the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan will be commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a film screening on January 29, 2023. The event will take place from 3:00 PM t0 6:00 PM at the Maple Theatre, 4135 W. Maple Road in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It is free and open to the public but registration is required. Register here.


1- Twenty Minutes
Short film directed by Daniele Esposito, 20 minutes.
In Italian with English Subtitles

October 16, 1943, Rome. It is early morning. Lea, waking from a nightmare, hears a knock at the door. Two German soldiers give her a leaflet: Lea and her husband Enzo have twenty minutes to leave their lives behind and follow them. But the names of their children, Cesare and Fiorella, are not mentioned in the list held by the German soldiers. Lea and Enzo are undecided about what to do: in the heat of the moment, they will be forced to make the most difficult decision of their life.

2 – A conversation with directors Daniele Esposito and Karen Di Porto.

3 – Piazza
Documentary directed by Karen Di Porto, 60 minutes
In Italian with English subtitles

“Piazza” is the vital heart of Roman Judaism. A small area in the centre of a big city with a difficult and ancient history. “Piazza” is what Roman Jews call the ghetto area where they were restricted for three hundred years, and which was the scene of the tragic round-ups by the Nazis in 1943. Interviews with the people of “Piazza” reveal a lively present and a past of pain and pride, reconstructed through the gaze of the daughter of one of its most notable inhabitants. A historical and intimate journey to discover a world that, seen from the inside, appears closer to us, a particular Jewish reality that symbolizes the world diaspora.

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