‘[…]the Holocaust was thought and enacted in our modern, rational society during an advanced state of our civilisation, and at the peak of humanity’s cultural development: that is why it is a problem affecting that society, that civilisation, and that culture. For this reason, self-absolution of collective memory taking place in our modern society is more than offensive indifference for the victims of genocide. It is also the sign of a dangerous and potentially suicidal blindness.’
‘Keeping the past alive is a goal that can be reached only by engaging with memory; memory chooses, elaborates, recycles. Remembering is interpreting the past; or, more precisely, telling a story means taking a stand relating to past events.’
These two brief comments penned by Zygmunt Bauman from Modernity and the Holocaust and ‘L’ultima lezione’ have been chosen for two precise reasons: first, to remind ourselves that memory is everything; secondly, to pay homage to a wise man three years from his passing. After all, today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and we will dedicate it to remembering.