The 27 January runs among revisionists, victims who are still shivering if you are still human, political parades, hypocrites who do not count what is being talked about enough that we speak in the national TV, interviews with a rigid television schedule, (ok, you have suffered but we have to stay inside the 30 seconds).
The day of remembrance, that moment of silence offers a moment to remember. But I would have hoped, even to criticize. No mention of it. Among those who have lost a good opportunity to shut up (see the Catholic Church and satellites) and those who finally have a chance to talk after having been silent for too long, few really remember what we are talking about, and few can find the connection.
Between a joke of high government and people with a Wikipedian memory, the 28 is a new day. We have already done our part, now leave us alone.
It affects, more than words, the silence of certain political parties, of certain religious groups, of certain who-who-they are who are not far from us. Often they are the ones we have delegated, and if they really represented us we would have to be afraid. But the risk, very cynically, does not run.
Next time they won't start with us, says the Jewish sage. Too much noise, too many problems. But they will end up with us.
If the day of memory has a function, as far as I'm concerned, it is to collect the other 364 days of memory. It is not a day in which to wash your hands, as I see doing so many in a row. In addition to memory, I would have liked it to be a day of reflection.
One could reflect, for example, on why on a day like this the word Roma does very little. Yet it is the other non-nation exterminated with the same determination by the beasts. As well as homosexuals, communists, Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostals. They suffered the exact same crimes, they are the exact same deaths.
In the preamble of the law there is no trace. In fact, The Italian Republic recognizes the day 27 January, date of the demolition of the Auschwitz gates, "Memorial Day", in order to remember the Shoah (extermination of the Jewish people), the racial laws, the Italian persecution of Jewish citizens, the Italians who suffered deportation, imprisonment, death, as well as those who, even in different camps and camps, opposed the extermination project, and at the risk of their lives saved other lives and protected the persecuted. The noise of those that are missing is deafening, inconceivable. Not so much in the law, if we know how the parliament works, when in the pronouncements of the so-called civilized world.
Next time they won't start with us, with the others. The others are the Roma, the Communists, the homosexuals, non-EU citizens, Muslims. Because if the growth of anti-Semitism is at least alarming, then the data against the Roma and non-EU citizens are apocalypse.
Yet the day of remembrance must also act as a dam to the repetition of the same tragedy in other countries, other times and against other ethnic groups. History could also be repeated, but never in the same way, we know this. One cannot remember without understanding that the connection between the day of remembrance is the protest of Massa is evident, exhausting and does not admit ambiguity.
The Germans have repeatedly claimed that they did not know until later, that they did not understand, that they had not seen. But we know, we understand and we can see.
If we really want to remember with dignity, we must pay duty and reflect.
This article was originally published on 27 January 2009. Last update 27 January 2017.