By Pagine Ebraiche staff
Several hundred people participated in the event “Run for Mem” ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The non-competitive race which aims to remember “the dramatic events of the Holocaust and the Second World War, while transmitting a message of hope, conveyed by the positive values of a day dedicated to sport shared with all citizens” took place in Livorno (Leghorn).
It was organized by the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI) and the local Jewish Community.
The route covered about seven kilometers departing in front of the synagogue and included several other symbolic spots such as Piazza della Vittoria (where memorial to the First World War is located), via Micali (where the Jewish museum is today and where, after the promulgation of the racist laws, a “school” was established to welcome Jewish pupils) and Viale della Libertà (in front of the monument the partisans and anti-fascists).
For the first time, several cyclists also joined the race, to honor the memory of champion Gino Bartali, who helped save dozens of people thanks to his bicycle rides.
The event was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, University and Research and with the support of the AME – Jewish Medical Association, can count on the sponsorships of Tuscany Region, Municipality of Livorno, Province of Livorno, Prefecture of Livorno, ANED, ANPI, ANNPIA, Naval Academy of Livorno, Shoah Museum Foundation of Rome, Diocese of Livorno, Livorno Foundation, Coni Livorno, Uisp Sport, Ports Alto Tirreno, Community of Sant’Egidio, SVS Public Assistance, Women’s Center Livorno, Amaranta Servizi, and Sochnut Italy.