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

News Releases 2019

A Report by Dr. Shimon Samuels, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations and Permanent Observer to UNESCO

“To claim that these resolutions were passed by consensus in the absence of a key party is a travesty...”
“Perhaps an open ballot of the 58 voting states would be more useful to identify the righteous versus the intimidated, the bribed and the simply antisemitic.”

Paris, 11 April 2019

Two resolutions, item 32 and 33 – both submitted by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan – were passed today “by consensus without a vote” at the UNESCO Executive Board chaired by Madam Samira Moosa of Oman.

“Our only allies at the Durban 2001 antisemitic hatefest were Roma, East European Slavs and LGBT NGOs – each were marked for extermination by Hitler.”

“Jews need Gentiles to combat antisemitism, Blacks need Whites against racism, Women need Men for their rights and Gays need Straights.”

Paris, 8 April 2019 

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre vigorously condemned the 3 April Brunei adoption of the death penalty by stoning: of homosexuals, women charged with adultery and other categories under Sharia law.

“It took a Holocaust bank scandal to open Mobutu’s Swiss bank accounts”... “Based on that precedent, the British Society of Black Lawyers sought compensation for slavery.”

Paris, 5 April 2019

In a letter to British Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, the Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, applauded the announcement that the long-delayed indemnification to the so-called “Windrush” deported families has now been activated.

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(images: coventrytelgraph.net)

In the 1990s, the Centre already viewed restitution as not exclusive to Jewish Holocaust claimants.

The Centre was approached by survivors of slave forced labour, Sinti and Roma, Gays and even officials from Hungary, Italy, Spain and Turkey regarding lost gold.

Paris, 4 April 2019

The first forum devoted to “Intergenerational Survivors of the Holocaust, Jewish Veterans, Hidden Children, Righteous Among the Nations” was held in Paris, 2-4 February 2019. Organised by the Mémorial de la Shoah and 30 partner organizations, including the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and its branch association Verbe et Lumière-Vigilance, the forum proved a great success, with over six hundred attendees.

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For a forever living memory”

All generations were reunited around their common interests, to help look back at the past and go forward towards the future, renew old friendships and forge new ones, work at transmitting the memory of the Holocaust, continue the fight against antisemitism and oblivion of the past. The forum “Generations of the Holocaust” watched over the memory of the 6 million Jews exterminated in the Holocaust, of which 1,5 million were children.

About 50 associations gave financial help to run the forum. Verbe et Lumière-Vigilance donated €3,000.


Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
4 April 2019

4 April 2019
UNESCO Chief Audrey Azoulay speaks at the Internet
Governance Forum at UNESCO HQ (photo Reuters).

The United States and Israel left the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on December 31, 2018.

On April 11, the organization’s 58-member executive board will vote on the twice-a-year resolutions on “Occupied Palestine... Jerusalem and its Walls,” “Palestinian Education, Youth,” etc., and on the “Occupied Syrian Golan.”