Sunday, September 30, 2007

On September 30, ...

... 2007 (today), multilinguals throughout the world mark International Translation Day. This year the International Federation of Translators has chosen to bring attention to a sad fact:

There are parts of the world where translators and interpreters literally risk death simply by doing their job. Some 261 translators and interpreters died in Iraq in 2006, and more in Afghanistan. Elsewhere, translators have been jailed for their work, and received death threats for daring to translate the works of authors such as Salman Rushdie. One was murdered.

This year's theme? "Don't Shoot the Messenger!"
... 1997 (10 years ago today), the Roman Catholic Church in France apologized "to the Jewish people ... for its silence in the face of French collaboration with the Holocaust." Bishops proclaimed a Declaration of Repentance that confessed to and asked forgiveness for the "mistake" of silence as the Vichy regime, which ruled in France after the Nazi conquest, imposed anti-Semitic laws and undertook "the deportation of tens of thousands of French Jews to Nazi death camps."
... 1960, U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) was born in Helena, Arkansas.

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