NEW YORK—Yesterday, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Italian Ambassador to Israel Francesco Maria Talo cited his country’s “special responsibility” to commemorate the genocide. Indeed, Italy was one of the first countries to make January 27, the date of the liberation of Auschwitz, a national day of remembrance. Today, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen praised Italy’s example to Europe:
"At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise across Europe, Italy serves as a model for the positive effect nations can make when they take it upon themselves to remember critical historical events such as the Holocaust. On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, I would like to thank the Italian government for showing that with responsibility and initiative, there is a better way forward. I look forward to continuing this important discourse with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Ambassador to the United Nations Sebastiano Cardi.”
As Mayor of Florence, Prime Minister Renzi came to Israel in 2012 as part of the AJCongress/American Council For World Jewry’s International Mayors Conference.