• Exhibition Opening, 11 June 2014: “People, Book, Land”
    Exhibition Opening, 11 June 2014: “People, Book, Land”
  • Paris Town Hall Illumination to honour  victims of terror in Jerusalem
    Paris Town Hall Illumination to honour victims of terror in Jerusalem
  • Exhibition Opening Copenhagen
    Exhibition Opening Copenhagen
  • Dr. Shimon Samuels meeting Pope Francis
    Dr. Shimon Samuels meeting Pope Francis
  • Inauguration Place Simon & Cyla Wiesenthal
    Inauguration Place Simon & Cyla Wiesenthal

News Releases 2020

“The imagery of Jews blood-letting a Christian child to bake the matzah is a travesty dated two weeks before Passover and Easter... The blood libel is still bleeding!” 

Paris, 27 March 2020

In a letter to Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels expressed shock at a recently published painting by Giovanni Gasparro. This Italian artist views himself as a devout Catholic, but apparently rejects the principles of the Second Vatican Council and Nostra Aetate.

“She is accused of poisoning water wells and knowingly misleading the French public concerning Coronavirus. She appears alongside the yellow star marked ‘Jude’ (‘Jew’), imposed on the Jewish population by the Nazis... Take strongest measures against those who tarnish French medecine with the brush of hate!"

Paris, 25 March 2020 

In a letter to French Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relatioins, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed disgust at the online attack against former Health Minister, Dr. Agnès Buzyn, accusing her - in the language of the medieval blood libel - of ‘poisoning water wells and knowingly misleading the French public concerning Coronavirus.’ She appears alongside the yellow star marked ‘Jude’ (‘Jew’), imposed on the Jewish population by the Nazis.”

25 March 2020
The antisemitic Twitter message attacking Agnès Buzyn.

Blog by Drs. Shimon Samuels and Graciela Vaserman Samuels published in The Jerusalm Post
19 March 2020
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Malthusian-coronavirus-Nowhere-to-run-to-621640

Now released, we are warned, as senior citizens, to remain in quarantine. In any case, there seems logically little place else to hide from the virus.

19 March 2020
Air travelers walk, after further cases of coronavirus were confirmed in New York, in Terminal 1
at JFK International Airport in New York (photo Reuters).

Landing in Israel from the AIPAC convention in Washington, I was sent into a mandatory 14-day isolation.

Now released, we are warned, as senior citizens, to remain in quarantine. In any case, there seems logically little place else to hide from the virus.

“We believe that these long dormant accounts hold monies looted from Jewish victims.”

Paris and Buenos Aires, 2 March 2020

Argentine investigator, Pedro Filipuzzi, has shared with Dr. Shimon Samuels and Dr. Ariel Gelblung - respectively the Centre’s Director for International Relations and Director for Latin America - a list of some 12,000 names of Nazis in Argentina, many of whom had contributed to one or more bank accounts at the Schweitzerische Kreditanstalt, which became the Credit Suisse bank, based in Zurich, Switzerland.

During the 1930s, the pro-Nazi military regime of President José Félix Uriburu, who was nicknamed “Von Pepe” as a Germanophile, and of his successor Agustín Pedro Justo, welcomed a growing Nazi presence in Argentina.

24 February 2020 

The Wiesenthal Centre has monitored the Belgian town of Aalst for its outrageous antisemitic carnival floats.

The Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in 2013 protested the Nazi theme – whipping of concentration camp prisoners carrying canisters marked “Zyklon B,” the gas that killed millions of Jews.

“Again, last year we expressed outrage at the float showing religious Jews among gold coins and rats”… “taking the issue of Aalst’s UNESCO status to a Cultural Heritage Bureau meeting in June, with a proposal to delist a Carnival of hate,” stated Samuels.