«What is important is to ensure that whatever memory we will transmit,
it will continue to activate emotional reactions that will lead to a desire,
renewed at each generation, to ensure that what happened in the Camps
is not repeated. Not against the Jews and not against any other group of people»
(Massimo Gargiulo, Interview to Rav David Meyer,
for the Day of Commemoration, January 27, 2021)
On this International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Shoah, we wish first and foremost, and in a special way, to renew the memory of all the victims of that tragedy, preserving their memory.
Moved by this request, we also wish to turn our thoughts to all those who have suffered and are suffering as a result of discrimination, intolerance, harassment or violence against individuals or communities.
All of us who constitute a University Community are responsible to each other and for each other, and each of us can always must ourselves what we can and must do in the name of this responsibility.
Mark A. Lewis S.J., Rector
(Marian Kołodziej, Labyrinths - Harmeze-Oswiecim, Polonia. Photo SIR/Marco Calvarese.
The figure of St Maximilian Kolbe stands out in the painting,
a former student of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Gregoriana in the years 1912-'15)