On the occasion of the Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020, commemorating the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, the Jewish Museum Lecce presented the temporary exhibition MOSHE HAELION’S MEMORIES: AUSCHWITZ SURVIVOR PASSAGE IN SALENTO, curated by Fabrizio Lelli, Director of the Museum and professor of Hebrew Studies, University of Salento.
Born in Thessaloniki on February 26th 1925, Moshe Haelion was the only survivor of the Shoah in his family. On April 1943 Moshe’s family was deported to Auschwitz. Freed on May 6th 1945 in Ebensee (part of the Mauthausen network of Camps), he was taken to Italy where he remained almost a year in the Salento transit Camps of Santa Maria al Bagno
On display are some reproductions of Moshe Haelion’s original diary (which was in Greek), together with the Italian translation by Fabrizio Lelli, made from Moshe’s Hebrew version.