Ancient Rome’s Emperor Titus isn’t a name that comes up at Holocaust events. Yet on March 5th, at the Fellowships at Auschwitz Ethical Leadership Awards Gala (FASPE) held at Manhattan’s Espace, 92 year old Marian Turski, survivor of the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, two death marches, and Theresienstadt, used this first century Roman to illustrate a moral conundrum involving historical evidence of the Warsaw Ghetto and linked it with FASPE’s role as ethical explorers.
Turski, a writer, the deputy chair of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, and the chair of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, was there to accept FASPE’s posthumous award on behalf of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oneg Shabbas team, heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. Surprising the guests—including Poland’s consul general Maciej Golubiewski—Turski asked, “Has anyone been to Rome, to the Forum Romana?” Turski then presented a discourse on the Arch of Titus, drawing parallels between the Romans and the Nazis—who liked to document their victories over the Jews.
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