Thousands of people took part in the non-competitive race “Run for Mem” in Rome on Sunday.
The initiative, which received the support of the European Jewish Congress, was organised by the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, together with Maratona di Roma and Maccabi Italia and with the support of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the World Jewish Congress.
It aimed at raising awareness of the importance of Holocaust remembrance.
The route included several streets and squares that witnessed pivotal episodes of the history of the Holocaust in the Italian capital.
Attending the non-competitive race was also Shaul Ladany, a former Israeli athlete who survived Bergen-Belsen as a child and the Munich massacre at the 1972 Olympics in 1972 as an adult.
“We are here today to preserve the memory of the Holocaust, to maintain it alive,” Ladany said.
Among other participants, was Under-Secretary for European Affairs Sandro Gozi, who welcomed Ladany on behalf of the Italian government.
The race was introduced by the President of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities Noemi Di Segni; Enrico Castrucci, president of the Maratona di Roma; Vittorio Pavoncello, president of Maccabi Italia and the deputy mayor of Rome, Luca Bergamo.
“People run every day, but today we have to carry with us the milestones of our past and remember that the journey ahead of us starts from the one which was created by the events of the past,” Di Segni said. “Sometimes people fall and are hurt. They have made us fall, they have hurt us, but we have got back to our feet and we have started again. We have started to live again, as individuals, as a people, as a community, as Italian citizens, as Europeans.”