Each society through its conflicts, its relations of domination, its social classes
and each culture, with its basic values, its traditions, its tendencies towards
ethnocentrism, generates prejudices that very often result in anti-Semitic behaviour
For the organizers of Action Week Against Racism (AWAR), Art is one
of the universal cultural expressions that allow us to transcend the barriers
of prejudices that lead to intolerance. Indeed, if the Art has served as an
instrument of exclusion and of exacerbating differences, it also always was
at the service of those that denounced inequalities, hate, anti-Semitism and
racism. It is one of the better means through which the whole world can understand
the wrongs of the past and can fight against forgetfulness and especially revisionism.
That is why, since the year 2000, Art always is at the heart of all AWAR activities.
It was in 2004 that we discovered the play No More Raisins, No More Almonds:
children's ghetto songs. It is a touching and intelligent work that describes
the suffering experienced by children of the Holocaust. Each of the words and
each note of music of this play leads us towards a better understanding of why
it is necessary never to forget the past and why it is necessary always to fight
against all forms of intolerance.
The fight against racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia is first of all a fight
to change mentalities, behaviours and attitudes. The knowledge of history and
the education of the young is, without a doubt, an excellent source of solutions
to these enduring social problems. For us, a play such as No More Raisins,
No More Almonds: children's ghetto songs responds perfectly to this need
for education and should be seen by the largest number of people.
General Coordinator, AWAR