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Conference on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Totalitarianism - 2014

With Rubén Chababo, Leonardo Clavo Cárdenas, Fernando Palacio Mogar, Sybil Rhodes, Guillermo Yanco and Daniel Muchnik as guest speakers, the 2014 edition of the Conference on the International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarianism was held at the University of CEMA.

In the first panel the topic “The international democratic community facing today’s totalitarianism” was addressed, with presentations by Rubén Chababo, Bachelor in Arts in Literature, Universidad Nacional de Rosairo; Leonardo Calvo Cárdenas, Nacional Vice- Coordinator of the Comité Ciudadanos por la Integración Racial (CIR/Cuba); and Fernando Palacio Mogar, Cuban National Liberal Party. This panel was moderated by Gabriel Salvia, Director General of CADAL.

The second panel was devoted to the presentation of the book “El rechazo mundial a los judíos” and Daniel Muchnik, the author of the book, writer, historian, journalist and member of the Argentinian Political; Sybil Rhodes, Directorof the Master of International Studies at UCEMA; and Guillermo Yanco, Vice-President of theHolocaust Museum of Buenos Aires exposed.

The “Black Ribbon Day” was adopted by the European Parliament and later by Canada.This initiative was proposed by Václav Havel and other European politicians and human rights activists in the Prague Declaration about European Conscience and Communism, signed on June 3,2008. On August23,we commemorate the day on which the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was signed, when the Soviet Union and National Socialist Germany divided East Europe. For the former President of the European Parliament, the Polish Jerzy Buzek, these countries were “the collusion of the two worst forms of totalitarianism in the history of mankind”.


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