A Holocaust museum is due to open this week in Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city after the capital, Lisbon. It will be the first museum of its kind in the country.
The idea for a Holocaust museum in the city was conceived by the local Jewish community. During World War II, the the local Jewish community played an important role in giving refuge to Jews fleeing other European countries.
The Mayor of Oporto and the President of Oporto’s Jewish community will preside over the inauguration, which will be attended by dignitaries, including the Secretary of State for Culture Jorge Barreto Xavier, UNESCO official Karel Fracapane and the head of the Portuguese delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
Leaders of other faiths are also due to attend, including the Bishop of Oporto and the President of Muslim community.
Image credit: The Holocaust Museum in Oporto, Portugal