06.09.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

107th Forum of the Culture of Peace Commitee in São Paulo (Brazil) will honour Irena Sendler

The Culture of Peace Committee organizes its 107th Forum in recognition of the International Peace Day to be taken place on September 10, at 7 p.m., in the auditorium of São Paulo Art Museum (MASP). The Culture of Peace Committee organizes its 107th Forum in recognition of the International Peace Day to be taken place on September 10, at 7 p.m., in the auditorium of São Paulo Art Museum (MASP). The International Peace Day is celebrated worldwide on September 21. The theme of the Forum will be “The life and accomplishments of Irena Sendler”.

She is considered the great heroine of the 20th Century and is renown as “the angel of Varsovia Guetto”. Irena was a catholic artistist and advocator of the human rights during the World War II. She collaborated with saving the lives of millions of Jewish children. The 107th Forum of the Culture of Peace Committee, organized in partnership with UNESCO Office in Brasilia, is open to the public with no need to make registrations in advance.

With the title “Resisting the barbarity by saving lives – the heroic determination of Irena Sendler” the 107th Forum will count on the presentation of Rabbi Michel Schlesinger, bachelor in Laaw and rabbi of the Paulista Israeli Congregation, and with  Cannon José Bizon, master in Ecumenism e presbyter of  Archdiocese of São Paulo. both speakers are advocators of inter-religious dialogue as an instrument of the culture of peace.

On the occasion, there will also be the launching of the book in Portuguese “A história de Irena Sendler: a mãe das crianças do Holocausto” by the journalist Anna Mieszkowksa.

The work as social assistant, the dedication and the courage of Irena to face the horror and terror of the Nazi occupation in Poland have transformed her in um true culture of peace symbol. Instituted by the United Nations, the culture of Peace consists of a set of values, attitudes and behaviours contrary to violence. The set prevents conflicts by acting in its causes with the objective to solve the problems through dialogue and negotiation placing the human rights as the most important point along its whole process.




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