Israeli Ambassador to Romania, Tamar Samash, believes that it is important for the young generation and not only to learn about the role played by the Jews in the life of the Romanian state and said that the school curriculum should include information related to the contribution of this community's representatives to the edification of our country.
"The Jewish community that lived here had an important role in the Romanian life and felt as an integral part of Romania and the Romanian people. And they also participated in the First World War. They fought and they died. They signed in as volunteers, for they didn't have Romanian citizenship, but they did feel part of this country. After the war, representatives of the Jewish community in Romania intensely and with much love participated in the cultural, academic and economic life of Romania. This is not known. There were important personalities who gave a lot for their country," Tamar Samash told AGERPRRES on Tuesday.
The Israeli diplomat deplored the fact that "during the World War II a part of these Jews were assassinated, and during the communist period the largest part of the Jewish community left Romania."
Tamar Samash participated in the press conference and round table dedicated to the "70 for the Centennial" project, an initiative that pays homage to the Jewish personalities who contributed to the Greater Union and the construction of modern Romania.
About the contribution of the Jewish people of our country in the building of the Romanian society and the danger of a revival of antisemitism also lectured university professor Felicia Waldman, philosopher and physician Horia-Roman Patapievici, Herman Tzvika Berkovits, honorary consul of Romania in Israel, journalist Bogdan Chirieac, head of the Bucharest Municipality Museum Adrian Majuru, professor Mircea Penescu and Doina Meiseles from the media group in Romanian language "Jurnalul saptamanii" and "Revista Mea", Iancu Zuckerman, Irina Cajal, Under-secretary of state with the Ministry of Culture and National Identity (MCIN).
The anniversary project "70 for the Centennial" aims at evoking the life, thinking and exceptional deeds of 70 Romanian Jews who left their mark on the history. Names such as Jacques M.Elias, Nicolae Cajal, Felix Aderca, Ion Trivale are remembered through this project. The initiative is also aimed at showing the contribution of these personalities in the building of Romania, in the first century after the Union. Moreover, the project marks the 70th anniversary of the bilateral relations between Romania and Israel.
"70 for the Centennial" was organised by the Association Thea O. Haimovitz in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, EXPO ARTE - the Bucharest Municipality City Hall, the Ministry of National Defence, the Embassy of the State of Israel to Romania, the media group in Romanian language "Jurnalul Saptamanii" - Israel, the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) Tel Aviv, the TVR (Romania's National Television Channel), the broadcast Romania -Israel-TVR Cluj, the Thea Laboratories, the Bucharest Municipality Museum, the "Grigore Antipa" Natural History Museum with the support of Channel 33 Romania.