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Two ex-Nazi concentration camp guards charged in Germany - Jerusalem Post

Wiesenthal Center locates 18 survivors of Stutthof to assist in trial.

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5 amazing discoveries from a trove of documents hidden during the Holocaust - JTA

The 170,000 papers, which date from the mid-18th century through World War II, survived destruction attempts by both the Nazis and the Soviets.

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WJC WEBINAR: Learn how to make the case for Israel, with Professor Alan Dershowitz

Professor Dershowitz is active in the defense of civil liberties and human rights. He is the author of a number of books about politics and law, including The Case for Israel.

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The woman who rescued Jewish books from the Vilna Ghetto - The Forward

The heroism of this “Paper Brigade” has recently received new attention, thanks largely to two developments: the discovery of another trove of materials that the squad managed to squirrel away, and the publication of historian David E. Fishman’s 'The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis'.

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German Court: Kuwait Airways can refuse Israeli passengers - AP

The Frankfurt state court ruled that Kuwait's national airline didn't have to transport an Israeli citizen because the carrier would face legal repercussions at home if it did.

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US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wins Genesis lifetime achievement award - AP

The foundation sponsors the annual Genesis Prize — an award that is informally known as the Jewish Nobel.

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Underground cemetery project looks to the past for the graveyard of the future - Times of Israel

Nominated for international award, Israeli tunneling company building 22,000-grave catacomb beneath capital's largest Jewish graveyard to alleviate burial space shortage.

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Israeli Foreign Ministry: Jews and Israelis in Zimbabwe told to stay indoors amid reports of coup - Times of Israel

“We have no reports of distress,” the ministry said, adding that Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria, South Africa, is in constant contact with the community leaders.

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TUNE IN | WJC webinar with Prof. Alan Dershowitz on making the case for Israel

The live conversation will be moderated by Logan Koffler, a member of the World Jewish Congress’ Jewish Diplomatic Corps.

WJC in the Media

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International sports organizations must enforce fair treatment of all teams – including Israel’s

It is the responsibility of the overarching bodies in all branches of sport to enforce a code of ethics for equal and fair treatment, without compromise or exception, writes WJC CEO Robert Singer.

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WJC President Ronald Lauder honors former Sec. of State Colin Powell with Theodor Herzl Award

Powell: ‘America’s support of the democratic state of Israel has never wavered and it never will’; George Stevens, Jr. accepts Teddy Kollek Award on behalf of his father, film director George Stevens, says: ‘I know that were my father here today, he would consider himself a voice in the chorus of the WJC.’

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder condemns ‘senseless’ terror that killed eight in New York

“We stand in solidarity with the people of New York, and trust that the city’s authorities will remain vigilant and do everything possible to prevent future threats of this kind.”

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WJC President Lauder ‘profoundly disappointed’ by Poland’s proposed restitution law

Lauder says that while he “strongly welcomed” the principle and importance of such legislation, the actual text proposed by the Polish Ministry of Justice was insufficient and “excluded the vast majority” of survivors and their families.

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World Jewish Congress calls Austrian election result ‘distressing,’ urges to keep far-right party out of government

The WJC president congratulated current Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz on placing first in the polls, warned against including the Freedom Party in any governing coalition.

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WJC urges UN body to focus on its core mandate rather than addressing political matters

WJC President Lauder: "Decisions that rewrite history and call into question deep rooted Jewish ties to our holy sites in Jerusalem and elsewhere have no place at UNESCO, and it is our hope that the organization will carry out much-needed reforms."

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A Simchat Torah Message from WJC President Ronald S. Lauder

May all Jews see one another as equal members of one people, and respect each others's differences just as we value and need each other's strengths.

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A Sukkot Message from WJC President Ronald S. Lauder

May a Sukkat Shalom, a true tabernacle of peace, shelter you, your families and the entire Jewish people this Sukkot and throughout the coming year.

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Jerusalem Post 50 Most Influential Jews: WJC President Ronald S. Lauder - Keeping the Jewish Flame Burning

New York-based Ronald S. Lauder is one of the most prominent leaders of world Jewry. International philanthropist, investor, art collector and former US ambassador to Austria, Lauder has served since 2007 as president of the World Jewish Congress.

Press Releases

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World Jewish Congress to launch Holocaust education website, with support from UNESCO

The innovative website is geared at providing youth with essential information about the history of the Holocaust, its denial, and its legacy, and will be available in multiple languages.

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WJC CAMPAIGN | Support the Taylor Force Act and end payments to terrorists

The US House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday will consider a bill that would freeze U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it stops using American tax dollars to reward Palestinian terrorists for murder of or attacks on Israelis and Americans.

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WJC congratulates incoming UNESCO Director-General Azoulay on appointment, expresses hope for pushback against ongoing politicization

“We do not expect any miracles among UNESCO voting states over night, but we are confident that change is indeed possible. We wish Ms. Azoulay the best of luck in the four years ahead.”

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WJC and Israeli Consulate in NY launch region's 2017 Campus Pitch Competition

College and university students in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Delaware are invited to pitch their ideas for a campus event, strategy, or initiative that explores a new and groundbreaking approach to Israel advocacy and fighting anti-Semitism.

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World Jewish Congress to honor General Colin Powell with annual Theodor Herzl Award

WJC's Theodor Herzl Award recognizes outstanding individuals who work to promote Herzl’s ideals for a safer, more tolerant world for the Jewish people; legendary film director George Stevens to be honored with Teddy Kollek Award for the Advancement of Jewish Culture.

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World Jewish Congress welcomes community leaders from around the world in South Africa for 4th National Community Directors Forum

"We are better equipped to face these challenges than any other Jewish international body, and we will continue to work together to preserve our Jewish culture and traditions. We are one global Jewish community, and together, WJC is at its strongest.”

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World Jewish Congress and A Wider Bridge lead discussion against BDS move to exclude Zionists from LGBTQ discourse

The unprecedented LGBTQ n' Z: A Conversation About Pride, Zionism, and Inclusivity, was conceived of together with the pro-Israel LGBTQ group A Wider Bridge following a contentious summer of Pride events across the United States, where pro-Israel LGBTQ activists were shunned, physically and verbally accosted, and excluded.

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WJC welcomes FIFA decision to drop Palestinian push against Israeli soccer teams, following months of multi-level diplomatic efforts

World Jewish Congress and its affiliated communities executed a comprehensive campaign to actively appeal to FIFA and its National Council representatives to block the Palestinian move.

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World Jewish Congress pressures FIFA to block Palestinian attempts to expel Israeli teams

The World Jewish Congress believes it would be a grave mistake for FIFA to take positions that are biased against one of its members, and that it must not allow politics and sports to mix.