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On January 7th, Christians for Israel Italy (Cristiani per Israele) organised a major event in partnership with other organisations to open the exhibition about Sports, Athletes and the Olympic Games in Europe during the Second World War. Through iconography and historical accuracy, the exhibition aims to attract a wide audience to the theme of sport as a focal lens to read and interpret the history of the rise of Nazism in Europe and the Second World War. Particular attention was paid to how sport during Fascism and Nazism has been used by regimes as a propaganda tool to spread racist ideologies and to frame the population, as well as an instrument of opposition and resistance by some athletes who challenged the dictatorships in the name of freedom of conscience.
The exhibition is hosted in Padua during the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the armistice of 1943 and is curated by the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris and organized by Christians for Israel-Italy. During the period in which the exhibition will be housed in Padua, Christians for Israel-Italy, will promote programs of study and educational sessions for schools, guided tours, meetings with Holocaust survivors, Shoah movies and Seminars.
The opening of the exhibition took place on January 7th in presence of the Israeli Minister in Rome (Dan Haezrachy), the President of KKL-Italy (Rafael Ovadia), the Professor of Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris (Luca Alessandrini), the Israeli Community in Padoua (Gina Cavalieri Sacerdoti), the Councillor of the Culture of Padoua (Luca Littamè), the Vice-Head of the Police Department of Padoua (Gaetano Bonaccorso), the President of University Center of Sports (CUS, Roberto Zanovello), and the representative of the Association Israel-Italy (Walter Peghin).