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The Third International Holocaust Forum “Let My People Live”
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The Third International Holocaust Forum “Let My People Live”

On January 27th, 2010, The Third international Forum “Let My People Live,” was held under the auspices of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), the World Holocaust Forum and Yad Vashem, and under the patronage of the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European parliament Jerzy Buzek, and the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Lech Kaczynski.

The forum was carried out within the framework of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The forum will be followed by the State Commemoration Ceremonies at Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi Death Camp in Oświęcim.

The title and theme for the forum was “Remembering the Past, Confronting today's Challenges.” Marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is particularly a day of remembrance and a day of learning lessons for the present and the future.

The event was attended and addressed by, amongst others, President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor, World Jewish Congress President Ron Lauder, Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev, Chief Rabbi of Tel-Aviv, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and President of ECTR Aleksander Kwasniewski.

Other attendees included MEP's, Holocaust survivors, religious leaders and students.

[There was also a video messages presented by US President Barack Obama->4986]

and a message by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

"The forum is not just about marking and commemorating a past event, but about the lessons to be learnt for the present and future” said EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor. “The international community needs to learn the indicative signs that could lead to rising intolerance, xenophobia and antisemitism. The past has shown that economic and ethnical crises coupled with a lack of trust in democratic leadership can lead to disastrous events epitomized by the Holocaust.”

“It is a vital part of the human experience to learn from past mistakes,” Kantor continued “On the international stage we have been remiss in not learning from the relatively recent past. Although there are many differences in every situation, there are also many similarities, especially how we deal with another looming threat to world peace.”

“We stand on the brink of a seismic change in the world order and few are ready or prepared,” Kantor continued. “I hope the commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz and the sight of the gas chambers will shock us into action.”

Kantor also calls for a reminder that the creation of Auschwitz symbolizes the destructive results of the lack of leadership and of human values.

Some of the speakers referred to another fascist regime bent on sewing death and destruction as it attempts to acquire nuclear weapons. Once again, there is a need for courageous leaders who can make decisions to save us from doomsday scenarios. It is no coincidence that the current leadership, sending us down a path of disaster, denies the holocaust and its atrocities. They do not wish for us to learn the lessons of history.

MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST FORUM “LET MY PEOPLE LIVE!

- Wall Street Journal, 27 January 2010

[“Nazi Camp Survivors Dwindle to a Few”->http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703410004575029341567958912.html]


- The Times, 27 January 2010


[“Iran has same plan as Hitler, says Auschwitz survivor”-> http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article7005379.ece]


- EuroNews, 27 January 2010


[“Holocaust Survivors Focus on Future Lessons”->http://www.euronews.net/2010/01/28/holocaust-survivors-focus-on-future-lessons/]


- The Parliament, 27 January 2010


[“EU parliament president commemorates Holocaust”
->http://www.theparliament.com/no_cache/latestnews/news-article/newsarticle/eu-parliament-president-commemorates-holocaust/]


- The Jerusalem Post, 26 December 2009


['Learning for the future” - Op-Ed Column by Moshe Kantor, 27 January 2010->http://www.jpost.com/Home/Article.aspx?id=166908]


- France 24, 27 January 2010


[“Auschwitz victims mourned on 65th anniversary”
->http://www.france24.com/en/20100127-auschwitz-victims-mourned-65th-anniversary]


- [Euronews, 27 January 2010->ftp://mx3.acron.ru/Euronews/100128.wmv]



- [Euronews, 28 January 2010->ftp://mx3.acron.ru:21//Euronews/f_100127.wmv]

- [European Parliament, 27 January 2010-> http://www.ep-president.eu/view/fr-en/press/speeches/sp-2010/sp-2010-January/speeches-2010-January-2.html;jsessionid=DBBA1E6F77BD4518E28B22428E17A6CB]


Media outlets :



- Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA, Germany news agency), 24 January 2010

“PREVIEW: Poland to mark anniversary of Auschwitz liberation”

- AFP, 27 January 2010

“Survivors, liberators, at Auschwitz commemoration”

- AFP, 27 January 2010

Survivors, liberators gather for Auschwitz commemoration with Israel PM

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