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WJC VIDEO: The Babi Yar nightmare

Babi Yar: one of the largest massacres in Holocaust history. More than 33,000 Ukrainian Jews were murdered over the course of just two days. Only 29 people survived. These are some of their stories.

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Ronald S. Lauder: Why Holocaust remembrance matters today

75 years after the massacre of more than 33,000 Jews at Babi Yar, we need more acts of remembrance and not fewer, because they help to prevent future atrocities, argues WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

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'We are here to try to learn the lessons of the past, but also look to the future'

In a speech at a commemorative dinner held in Kiev on the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder highlighted the rebirth of Ukraine's Jewish community.

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Katharina von Schnurbein: Combating anti-Semitism in the European Union - Israel Journal on Foreign Affairs

The author of this article is the European Commission's coordinator on combating anti-Semitism.

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The Church of England has contributed to anti-Semitism, archbishop of Canterbury says - Jerusalem Post

The leader of the Anglican Church referred to anti-Semitism as "an insidious evil," adding that "through its theological teachings, the Church, which should have offered an antidote, compounded the spread of this virus."

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Neo-Nazi fliers target Jewish neighborhood in Jacksonville - Florida Times-Union

The leaflets claimed that the Jews are “plotting the minds of our government” and that it was up to the recipients to not “let them destroy what your European ancestors built."

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Jewish World War II 'avenger’ Harmatz dead at 91 - Associated Press

Holocaust survivor Joseph Harmatz, who led the most daring attempt by Jews to seek revenge against their former Nazi tormentors, has died.

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'Stop anti-Semitism now while there is still time', former UK chief rabbi tells Europeans

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who served as British chief rabbi from 1991 to 2013, told a conference at the European Parliament in Brussels that Jews would leave leave Europe if nothing is done to stop hatred.

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Family of former president Peres asked to come to hospital to say farewells - i24News

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres' condition has deteriorated since suffering a stroke and internal bleeding nearly two weeks ago.

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WJC President Lauder calls UN Chief Ban’s remarks on Israel ‘a missed opportunity’

"Holding Israel disproportionately responsible for the deteriorating conditions separating Israelis and Palestinians does not further the cause of peace," Lauder said.

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New consul general hopes to advance the diplomatic ball for Israel - Jewish Journal

Sam Grundwerg has arrived in Los Angeles, and it is a fairly safe bet that he is the first Israeli consul general who has been elected to the football hall of fame.

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Interview with Robert Singer: Greek-Israeli cooperation in defense, energy ‘important’ - Kathimerini

In an interview with 'Kathimerini' during a recent visit to Athens, the WJC CEO hails Greece for supporting closer ties with Israel in a broad range of activities, while expressing concern over the influence of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.

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'Attempts to delegitimize Israel among most prevalent forms of contemporary anti-Semitsm', member of WJC's Jewish Diplomatic Corps tells UN

Oleg Ivanov, a representative of the WJC's JDCorps program, participated in High-Level Forum on Global Anti-Semitism at the UN.

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WJC extends sympathy to Muslim community following murders near NY mosque

World Jewish Congress President Lauder: 'People of all faiths must be free to live without fear of violence and hatred'.

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WJC President Ronald Lauder welcomes Pope Francis' visit to Auschwitz

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder has hailed Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau as “a strong signal” against hatred and called the Catholic Church leader “one of the closest ally Jews have today in the fight against anti-Semitism."

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World Jewish Congress President: Polish officials must immediately apologize for remarks questioning Poles’ involvement in murder of Jews during WWII

Ronald S. Lauder: “In a free Poland, there is no room for prejudice;” Statements “slap in the face” to Jewish community.

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder decries attack in Nice, urges international community to unite and 'rip this terrorism from its roots'

“The heinous attack carried out against scores of innocent people in Nice tonight was nothing short of an act of war and the world must treat it as such,” Lauder said.

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Ronald Lauder works to spark the flames of Jewry’s future - Times of Israel

The recent winner of the Guardian of Zion Award speaks about art restitution, the evils of anti-Israelism, and the need to make more ‘Jewish worlds’.

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'He embodied the Zionist dream': World Jewish Congress mourns passing of Shimon Peres

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder paid tribute to former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres. “He did Israel proud and made Jews in every corner of the world proud of Israel."

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Integration of migrants is critical, Pope Francis tells World Jewish Congress leaders

A delegation of the World Jewish Congress led by Ronald S. Lauder was received by Pope Francis at the Vatican. In his address, the pope spoke about the challenge to promote peace in the world and about the refugee crisis.

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WJC President Lauder joins UNESCO head Irina Bokova in honoring Elie Wiesel at high-profile event in New York

Ronald S. Lauder delivered a tribute to the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, at a high-profile awards evening honoring heroes in the global campaign against violent extremism in New York City.

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World Jewish Congress to co-organize events on 75th anniversary of Babi Yar massacre

A 100-strong WJC delegation will be in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv next week to take in commemorations on the 75th anniversary of the slaughter of more than 33,000 Jews by Nazi Germany at the Babi Yar ravine in 1941.

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World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder responds to Iranian president’s UN remarks

“We may have thought that under Rouhani, Iran’s anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric had abated, but clearly, Iran hasn’t changed. It still promotes hatred against Israel, fixated on the notion of a Zionist conspiracy against the world,” Lauder said. “We urge world leaders to strongly condemn his hateful discourse and recognize that Iran is still every bit as dangerous as we feared.”

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Belarus and US sign cultural heritage agreement at World Jewish Congress headquarters

The agreement, signed by Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makai and U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad Chair Lesley Weiss, declares that “Each party will take appropriate steps to protect and preserve properties that represent the cultural heritage of all national, religious, or ethnic groups that reside or resided in its territory, including groups that were victims of genocide during the Second World War.”

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WJC President Ronald Lauder hosts Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, thanks him for being 'true friend of Israel and Jewish people'

US and Belorussian governments to sign agreement at WJC headquarters Wednesday to preserve Nazi victims' property and sites in former Soviet state; WJC holding meetings with close to 40 presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers visiting New York this week for United Nations General Assembly.

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WJC officials to meet with leaders from 30 nations in New York this week

The World Jewish Congress will be holding talks with top government officials from more than 30 different countries gathered in New York this week for the high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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'Excellent relations with Jewish community and Israel,’ Azerbaijan’s president tells WJC delegation

A delegation of the World Jewish Congress and the Russian Jewish Congress headed by WJC President Ronald S. Lauder held talks in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on Tuesday.