Portugal to open first Holocaust Museum

The city of Porto will become the first city in Portugal to have a museum commemorating the Holocaust which is meant to open on January 20, 2021 with Mayor Rui Moreira and President of the local Jewish Community, Dias Ben Zion.

In a video released ahead of the inauguration, representative of the Jewish community of Porto, Dara Jeffries, explains that “as children, the Holocaust wasn’t taught in schools.”

The country’s Jewish community is mostly composed of families deeply impacted by the Holocaust, the museum encompasses both material heritage – many refugees donated precious Torah scrolls before they continued on their path to build a new life in the New World – and educational materials about the dangers of hatred and radicalism.

The museum was created in cooperation with other Holocaust museums in Hong Kong, Moscow and the US. Ambassadors of all countries which took part in the Second World War will attend the opening.

US born writer Jonathan Lackman, who has resided in Porto since 2019, told The Jerusalem Post that he means to share the history of his grandfather and grandmother who survived the Holocaust during his speech at the inauguration.

“I see it as honoring their sacrifice, which is why I wanted to have a place where their story can be shared with others. Hopefully, it could instruct future generations.”

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