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Giorgio Perlasca, an Italian hero - International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021



Giorgio Perlasca, an Italian hero - International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021

On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is celebrate all over the world on the 27th of January to commemorate the day in which the Russian army entered and liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp (27 January 1945), the IIC Sydney in collaboration with the IIC Melbourne and the Great Synagogue of Sydney are pleased to present a webinar dedicated to the extraordinary story of Giorgio Perlasca.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021

Giorgio Perlasca, an Italian hero

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 5.30pm


Giorgio Perlasca (Como, 31/01/1910 - Padua, 15/08/1992) was an Italian businessman who went down in history for having saved from the Nazi extermination, in the winter of 1944-1945, over 5,000 Hungarian Jews by pretending to be the Spanish Consul, being neither a diplomat nor Spanish. As a young man, Giorgio Perlasca joined the Fascist movement, but later moved away from it, in particular because he did not share its racial laws and the alliance between Italy and Germany signed in 1939. In 1942 he moved to Budapest to work for a company from Trieste, and here, in circumstances that will be illustrated by the speakers during the evening, he assumed the false identity of the Spanish Consul, issuing thousands of bogus safe-conducts that conferred Spanish citizenship on Hungarian Jews. 


After a brief introduction by IIC Sydney Director Lillo Guarneri, Simon Holloway, PhD in Classical Jewish Studies (Talmud) and lecturer at the Sydney Jewish Museum, where he holds seminars on the Holocaust, will contextualize the facts in the historical period, talking about the racial laws of the time and the situation in Italy and Hungary. Halloway’s talk will be followed by the Rabbi of the Great Synagogue of Sydney Benjamin Elton, who will focus his speech on the character and on the facts that saw him as protagonist.

During the evening an excerpt of television feature film Perlasca - Un eroe italiano (Perlasca – An Italian Hero) will also be screened. The movie was produced in 2002 by RAI, starring Luca Zingaretti and Amanda Sandrelli, with music by Ennio Morricone

The event will also feature a brief greeting recorded from Italy by Franco Perlasca, son of Giorgio and president of the Foundation named after his father, whose purpose is to honour his memory through cultural, humanitarian, charitable and social activities in favour of refugees and of people who have been persecuted.

The webinar is a free event. It will be held IN ENGLISH on the ZOOM platform and will be available at the following link

Giorgio Perlasca, an Italian hero 


Starting time for the event:

5.30pm AEST (VIC, NSW, TAS, QLD)

5.00pm ACST (SA, NT)

2:30pm AWST (WA)



Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021

Time: From 5:30 pm To 6:30 pm

Organized by : IIC Sydney

In collaboration with : IIC Melbourne and the Great Synagogue of Sydney

Entrance : Free


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