“Austrians had lost neighbours, friends and colleagues to the Holocaust... It is ever more important to be vigilant against antisemitism.”Alexeiy Kovalenko, member of the Russian delegation, noted “the monument to Jewish resistance in the camps and ghettos,” inaugurated on 4 June in Moscow by President Putin and how “the Russian Delegation will continue to be a torchbearer for this laureates programme, for the memory of the victims and against the normalization of all forms of discrimination.”Verbe et Lumière - Vigilance President, Richard Odier, concluded the meeting quoting Martin Luther King Jr.: “hate needs to be fought in two ways, through Justice and with Empathy.” He added his satisfaction to hear Hebrew spoken in an institution from which Israel has departed.
“I hope that UNESCO will take the necessary measures for Israel to return.”join the Center on Facebook, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent direct to your Twitter feed.
This 15th annual essay competition, co-organized by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre - Europe (CSW), the Association Verbe et Lumière - Vigilance (Vet L-V) and the Russian Holocaust Centre (RHC), invites five student laureates to Paris to present their research projects at UNESCO.(left to right) seated: Holocaust child survivor Robert Créange, Ilya Altman, Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, Stefania Giannini, François Picard, Francis Kalifat, Graciela Vaserman Samuels ; standing: Sheila Ryan, Amb.
Massimo Riccardo, Olga Drozhzhina, Cécile Rivière, Gabriel Paulus, Katharina Bonnenfant, Evgenii Vlasov, Attended by the Permanent Delegations of Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and the President of CRIF (the umbrella body of French Jewry), the proceedings were opened by Dr.
He also recounted how the family managed to flee Paris and, on their way to the south of France, his parents’ sacrifice allowed him and his sister to escape and ultimately reunite with the only other family survivor, their elderly grandfather, in 1946. Ilya Altman, RHC founder and co-Chair, noted that essays had even been received from Mexico, South Korea and worldwide, but not yet from France.
He expressed hope for major international efforts in sensitizing young generations.Each year, the national Holocaust Commission invites middle-and high-school students to respond to a specific question with a written essay for a chance to win a cash prize.Recently, the results were announced and, out of more than 500 entries in the junior division, Isabella Horton won first place, and her classmate, Andreya Aitchison, earned third place.Among the 500 entries in the junior division of the Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competition, Andreya Aitchison, left, was awarded third place and her KMS classmate Isabella Horton, won first.— Photo courtesy Kyrene Middle School Kyrene Middle School students in the Gifted and Talented Program are keeping history alive with their award-winning writing.The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States.It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).We hope that our list of Holocaust topics will make you think about something more important than your daily routines.Anyway, the best way to honor the memory of the victims is to be grateful for a chance to live a better life today.Isabella Horton says that her favorite part of writing is to challenge the reader to see something they might not have before and to maybe change their perspective.“A well-crafted essay, book, speech or poem can change a person’s life, and it can change history,” said Horton via email.