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Austrian chancellor decries anti-Semitism and his nation’s Holocaust past - JTA

Kurz made his remarks at a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of Austria’s annexation by Nazi Germany in Vienna.

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Macedonia adopts International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's working definition of anti-Semitism

The government said that it had adopted the definition on March 6, a day after the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia adopted a separate declaration dedicated to 75th anniversary of Nazi deportation of 11,300 Jews from Bulgarian-administered northern Greece and Yugoslavia, who were sent to their deaths in Treblinka in 1943.  

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In frozen Siberia, a small Jewish community is unthawed - Times of Israel

On the day an ancient synagogue is returned to the Jews of Tomsk by the Russian government, the caretaker's grandson reveals the Torah scroll his family kept secret for 90 years.

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This map shows all of Europe’s remaining synagogues - JTA

A new British organization has created an incredible tool that should fascinate anyone remotely interested in European Jewish culture: an interactive map of all of the continent’s 3,318 remaining synagogues.

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Join the World Jewish Congress in singing 'Hatikvah' as one to celebrate Israel's 70th

The World Jewish Congress is inviting people around the world to film themselves and members of their communities singing Hatikvah, Israel's national anthem, to present in a single video to Israeli lawmakers as a gift from Diaspora Jewry and friends.

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Hundreds of Poles gather to express solidarity with Jews - Washington Post

The rally was part of a larger initiative by Polish civic groups that also published an open letter describing the government policies as “radical and inappropriate.”

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Polish president: Timing, language of Holocaust law problematic - YNet

"It was wrong that the new law was adopted on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day,' President Andrzej Duda says in interview with Polish newspaper, criticizing the expedited legislative process, but at the same time saying he never considered vetoing it.

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Anti-Semitic vandalism in Holland rises 40% to highest level since 2007 - JTA

The increase in vandalism was part of a small overall rise in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017 over 2016, the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, wrote in its annual incidents report, which the group published Saturday. CIDI recorded 113 incidents in 2017 compared to 109 in 2016.

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Spanish Jewish community expresses 'profound gratitude' for citizenship law extension - Jewish Chronicle

In a statement on its website, the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain (FCJE) said it “thanks the Government of Spain for the decision taken on Friday, March 9, 2018, to extend the deadline for a year for Sephardic descendants of Jews expelled from Spain in 1492 to apply for Spanish nationality.”

WJC in the Media

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Ronald S. Lauder: “The Jews Will Never Forget the Bravery of the Bulgarians”

Bulgaria's Magazine 79 interview WJC President Lauder during commemoration events of the 75th anniversary of the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews.

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From Sofia: A Lunch With WJC President Ronald S. Lauder

Shalom President Alexander Oscar announces plan to honor Lauder with the Stara Planina Order, which is the highest order Bulgaria has to offer.

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Documentary of bid to uncover UN secretary-general's Nazi past wins film prize - Jewish Chronicle

The documentary includes press conferences with heads of the World Jewish Congress, who went all out to uncover the truth about Waldheim, and defensive interviews with Waldheim both in English and German.

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Poles and the Holocaust in historical perspective - Tablet

As the controversy surrounding Poland’s new law continues, it’s crucial to keep the facts and the complexities of the subject in mind | By Menachem Z. Rosensaft.

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Two groups of Jews and Israelis have helped cast a veil over relations with Poland - Jewish Chronicle

But the fact remains that some Poles, themselves victims, could also be and indeed were perpetrators. By Yehuda Bauer and Laurence Weinbaum.

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Poland postpones debate on commemorating Poles who saved Jews - Reuters

Opposition calls debate bad timing as the country faces international pressure over a new Holocaust law.

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In open letter in The New York Times, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder urges dialing back of rhetoric in Poland

In a message to the government of Poland and to Polish civil society, Lauder wrote: “This entire controversy must now be dialed back and I would like to see Polish and Jewish leaders sit down now and get back to the business of reconciliation and progress."

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WJC Jewish Diplomat Roy Wexler | To stop neo-Nazi marches, declare them unconstitutional

Bulgaria’s constitutional regime regarding the right to protest should be amended to include further grounds through which inciteful and anti-Semitic protests could be prohibited, writes WJC Jewish Diplomat.

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WJC condemns Polish PM’s ‘absurd and unconscionable’ claim of Jewish responsibility for Holocaust, demands retraction and apology

"Including Jews among the perpetrators of these horrors, and blaming the victims instead of the killers, is a travesty that will only draw us further back to some of the darkest moments in human history.”

Press Releases

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More than 70 ambassadors and diplomats from around the world join WJC for special Seder

World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer: "As we mark 70 years since the creation of the State of Israel and the end of Jewish exodus, we recognize the support of the international community in making this miracle possible."

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World Jewish Congress marks 75 years since rescue of 48,000 Bulgarian Jews from Nazi deportation

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder: 'Bulgaria has set an example for the world to follow, and you remind us all today to never be silent in the face of evil'

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World Jewish Congress welcomes Swiss government’s commitment to security of Jewish community

The motion passed unanimously by the Swiss National Council, the lower house of the country’s federal assembly, signals an important shift in the government’s approach to the security of the Jewish community.

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In an open letter to Polish people, WJC urges Polish leadership to engage in dialogue with Jewish representatives

Under the title ‘An Open Letter to the Polish People,’ published in Gazeta Wyborcza and Rzeczpospolita, WJC President Lauder and WJC CEO Singer underscore need for a rational approach to the conflict given indisputable historical facts and complexities of Holocaust.

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Prof. Yehuda Bauer, Doyen of Holocaust Studies in Israel, honored with WJC Nahum Goldmann medal

At a symposium jointly organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, which operates under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress, Prof. Yehuda Bauer suggested that total cultural integration in Europe was unattainable but that the "aim is less important than the road" to that goal.

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1 out of every 11 people on earth reached in World Jewish Congress' We Remember campaign

WJC on Thursday honored at its executive offices in New York 13 Holocaust survivors who played an integral role in the campaign for their ongoing contributions to preserving the memory of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust and all those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis.

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WJC welcomes landmark agreement to combat anti-Semitism reached between Spanish government and Jewish community

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder: “With anti-Semitism on the rise across Europe, and far-right movements and even neo-Nazi parties gaining strength, educational measures such as these are more critical than ever and worthy of emulation.”

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World Jewish Congress condemns Lukov march in Bulgaria: 'We cannot stand by in silence as anti-Semites parade through the streets'

The WJC and the Bulgarian Jewish community have made a series of active efforts in recent months to curb the demonstration, engaging with the Bulgarian government to demand a complete administrative ban be placed on the march.  

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WJC decries anti-Israel protest at King’s College: ‘it is never acceptable to engender fear in the name of political activism’

WJC President Lauder decried the “contemptuous demonstration” exhibited by the student protesters, who called Meridor a war criminal and accused Israel of being a terrorist state. Lauder thanked campus security for its quick attention, and urged King’s College to do everything in its power to prevent such an incident from occurring again.