10.14.20113JOINT COMMITTEESI (on Constitutional, Presidency of the Council of Ministers and Home Affairs)and III (on Foreign and European Union Affairs)
Final Reportof the Sub-Committee of Inquiry into Anti-Semitism
“Erinnern, das ist vielleicht die qualvollste Art desVergessens und vielleicht die freundlichste Art der Linderung dieser Qual.”,
“If Auschwitz did not cure the world of anti-Semitism,what can?.... What have we learned from the past,then? We have learned that racism is stupid and that anti-Semitism is an infamy. We have learned that humanity is defined by our attitude to the otherness of others, that we have a clear choice between falling into provoking the enemy and our moral duty towardsone another, the choice between nihilism and sense,meaning, between fear and hope. This is a choice that belongs to each one of us.”,
Elie Wiesel, Nobel PeaceLaureate, speech to the Chamber of Deputies onHolocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January 2010.
The Sub-Committee of Inquiry into Anti-Semitism
At the end of the first decade of the 21
century, according to the figures published by themain international agencies concerned, there appears to be a strong resurgence of anti-Semitism inEuropean societies, and the phenomenon is widespread in the international community. In Italy, too,the situation is a source of concern, even though it is less alarming here than in other leadingcountries of the European Union.In line with the heightened commitment of the Italian Parliament to combat all forms of racism and intolerance in the cause of international peace and security and the protection of humanrights, and on the basis of the resolutions of the Parliamentary Committees concerned, the Bureausof the Committees on Constitutional, Presidency of the Council of Ministers and Interior Affairsand on Foreign and European Union Affairs - with the participation of the representatives of theParliamentary groups - unanimously decided at their meeting on 8 October 2009 that it would beappropriate to conduct a joint fact-finding inquiry into the phenomenon of anti-Semitism.It was also decided to set up a Sub-Committee of inquiry to organise the work, while the twoCommittees would examine the results of the inquiry and adopt the final document in plenarysession.
“Remembrance is perhaps the most painful way of forgetting, and perhaps the kindest way of soothing this pain.”