• 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 outrage was shared with newly appointed Volkswagen CEO, Ralf Brandstetter, in Wolfsburg HQ, Germany.”

Buenos Aires and Paris, 7 September 2020

In a letter to Steffen Reiche, President of the Executive Council of Volkswagen México, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre demanded immediate action against those responsible for its dealership located in Coyoacán, which is displaying Nazi symbols on its facilities.

7 Sept. 2020
The Nazi era photo in the Volkswagen dealership in Coyoacán, Mexico.

The letter signed by Drs. Shimon Samuels and Ariel Gelblung, Directors for International Relations and for Latin America respectively, stated: “On behalf of our more than 400,000 members worldwide, we demand that, as a German company you enforce the law that prohibits the exhibition of Nazi symbols... We expect you to immediately identify those responsible and publicly announce the action you will take. The most appropriate would be to drop the concession completely, in order to pass a clear message to your customers that you have learned from your history. Volkswagen, the 'Peoples Car', was a Nazi concept. German cars in Mexico are unacceptable if they come with the swastika...”

The letter was shared with the newly appointed CEO of the Volkswagen Group in Wolfsburg, Germany, Ralf Brandstetter, via Peik von Bestenbostel, peik.bestenbostel@volkswagen.de.

“Mr. Prime Minister, incitement to hatred and violence is not a human right - even and especially on campus!”

Paris, 4 September 2020

In a letter to Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, had commended Spain “for adopting, on 22 July, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition of Antisemitism”... Nevertheless, “Sadly, this endorsement is now to be betrayed by the Public University of Navarra (Universidad Pública de Navarra - UPNA) and satelite campuses, in an 'online course' to be held from 9 September until 7 October, entitled 'Apartheid in Palestine and the Criminalization of Solidarity'.” (see programme in attachment)

“If there had only been the kosher supermarket attack, would millions have marched and over fifty world leaders convened in Paris?”

“On the ground floor of the Hyper Cacher supermarket, there were young Islamists killing four Jews. In the basement, a young Malian Muslim paperless migrant was hiding 15 Jews in the huge refrigerator. Lassana Bathily then got out of the building to help the police in their rush on the terrorists.”

Paris, 2 September 2020 

Today begins the trial in Paris of 14 accomplices in the 2015 murderous assault on the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly along with the kosher supermarket which resulted in 17 dead over three days. Most of the perpetrators perished in the ISIS Caliphate or are in hiding.

“Firm steps from the Elysée Palace are required against all forms of antisemitism including its camouflage as anti-Zionism, terrorism, Holocaust denial and BDS...”

Paris, 28 August 2020

In a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, the Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, presented a panoply of Jew-hatred across France in only the last week.

28 August 2020
Samuels with President Macron.

“In the aftermath of the United Arab Emirates normalization with Israel – and the apparent shelving of ‘annexation’ talk –, this conference created a virtual annexation in practice.”

“Among Israeli participants in CEIRPP gatherings over the years, many may be considered ‘unwittingly suicidal lemmings or self-hate material for psychiatric research'.”

Paris, 27 August 2020

The “Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People” (CEIRPP) was established in 1975 with an agenda list that included “self-determination, sovereignty, return to homes from which displaced, etc.” This was endorsed by the UN General Assembly through its “UN Division for Palestinian Rights” (UNISPAL), a unique UN financed body granted only to the Palestinian cause.