Holocaust Commemoration Event Held in Paraguay

Asunción, July 9, 2013 – The Museum of Memory held a screening of the documentary entitled, “El Retratista,” a testimony of a former photographer of Auschwitz, a notorious Nazi concentration camp.

At the event Yudith Rolon Jacquet, General Director of the Truth, Justice and Reparation Department within the Office of the Ombudsman, gave a summary of her recent visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland, as a part of her participation in the Raphael Lemkin Seminar on Genocide and Mass Atrocity prevention, the first training seminar of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Dr. Martín Almada, recognized activist and human rights defender in Paraguay, was present and spoke during the event.

The event was attended by representatives from various human rights organizations, as well as the general public, all of whom expressed their repudiation for the atrocities committed in the Nazi concentration camps, and highlighted the importance of proking to prevent actions that violate human rights.

The Museum of Memory is a Historical Site in which, during the Dictatorship from 1954-1989, thousands of people were robbed of their liberty, totured, murdered, and disappeared.

The event was organized by the Association of Survivors of the former Department of Investigation (1954-1989), the National Table for Human Rights in Paraguay, the Department of Truth, Justice and Reparation of the Office of the Ombudsman, with the support of the Museum of Memory and the Celestina Pérez de Almada Foundation.