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EJC mourns the loss of former French Minister, Holocaust survivor and champion of human rights Simone Veil
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EJC mourns the loss of former French Minister, Holocaust survivor and champion of human rights Simone Veil

The European Jewish Congress mourns the loss of French politician, women's rights champion and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil who died at the age of 89. Veil was a fighter against Antisemitism and on behalf of Holocaust memory and was known in France for her instrumental role in legalising abortion in the 1970s.

A strong supporter of the European Union, she went on to serve as the first president of the European Parliament.

“We have sadly lost a great moral voice, a champion of Jewish rights, combating Antisemitism and ensuring the Holocaust and its lessons were properly memorialized; a pioneer for the rights of women and an advocate for European progress,” said EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor. “Simone Veil will be missed, not just by the French People, but by European Jewry and people around the world.”

Monday, July 03, 2017
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