Publicado el: 22/11/2011

René Epelbaum

A Madre de Plaza de Mayo "Our future depends on our not forgetting the past”

"She was a brave mother, a woman of courage and decision, who cried her pain to the world and demanded justice”. This is how René 'Yoyi' Epelbaum is remembered by her peers at "Madres de Plaza de Mayo, Línea Fundadora". "Her tenacity, her strength, his fair though critical words will remain with us and lead our way until we finally see truth and justice rule our country, so badly beaten by impunity and corruption”.  That is what the heartfelt official release issued by this institution said regarding her passing.

Born in 1986 as a result of the split with the "Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo" presided by Hebe de Bonafini, the "Línea Fundadora" (Founding Line) does not have a president and they organize themselves in a democratic and horizontal manner.

Epelbaum, widowed and with three disappeared children, became in 1977 one of the founding members of the "Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo" when she joined other mothers to demand that their sons and daughters appear alive. Many of the first meetings of "Madres" were held at her home. A Literature Teacher, her job was always related to the dissemination of the activities of the Association. As a kind of Foreign Secretary, she was one of the first ones to travel abroad and report the violation of Human Rights during the military dictatorship that ruled Argentina between 1976 and 1983.

René Epelbaum was born in Entre Ríos in 1920 and died in February 1998, in Buenos Aires. Some time before her passing, she published an open letter where she said: “Our future depends on our not forgetting our past; pacification is a natural consequence of truth and justice”.

Source: "Jewish Life in Argentina: Contributions for the Bicentennial," coordinated by Magdalena Faillence.Curatorial Project, content and production: Elio Kapszuk - Ana E. Wainstein

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