SERIES: From Rome to the rest of the world. Tales from a past that lives on - Under the aegis of Francesco Benigno, professor of Modern History, Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa
SPEAKER: Umberto Gentiloni Silveri
DATE: Thursday 2 March, 6 pm
PLACE: Sala del Refettorio
A meaningful utterance flanked the path of humanity after WWII ended. The world knew. It was aware of the tragedy of the Shoah. Is that really true? When did the first news emerge? How? It took time, far too long, and required the courage of couriers, eye witnesses who had the strength and ability to emerge from that world and seek interlocutors and listening ears. One of the bravest men played a key role and that was the emblematic figure of Jan Karski. A symbol of the opposition to Nazism, an condemning voice on the fate of Polish Jews and the atrocities he had seen with his own eyes in the years of WWII: a soldier, messenger, a persecuted and unheeded witness symbolising non-communication and guilty indifference.