A helping hand given is a small miracle

The topic of a helping hand given by the rescuers during the Holocaust in Lithuania and the miracle of recuing a person was prevailing on the 27th of January – the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Ariogala Gymnasium at the traditional conference for the communities of TECs.

A conference was named “The Rescue of Another is the Highest Human Virtue”. 150 representatives of 26 institutions and a group of honourable guests attended the conference. At the beginning of the conference the Ambassador of the State of Israel Amir Maimon expressed his delight at the possibility to visit Ariogala and introduced the audience with the history of Ariogala Jewish community before WWII. The Mayor of Raseiniai District Municipality Algirdas Gricius recalled some moments of his family history, some stories about their neighbours Jews, told by his grandmother, and encouraged students to take a close look at their own history and warned never to raise a hand against another person.

The students introduced their projects and creative works implemented by their communities, gave some presentations on the rescuers, their families and their destiny. Majority of presentations depicted their local history. Despite the fact that all 21 presentations were different, but they had the same topic – the rescue of another, which sometimes might be unsuccessful both for the rescuer and the person intended to be rescued.

The conference on the 27th of January – the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Ariogala Gymnasium is a traditional annual event organised for the 6-th time in a row. It is organised by the Secretariat of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania together with Ariogala Gymnasium Tolerance Education Centre.