• Inauguration, le 11 juin 2014, de l'exposition « Le Peuple, le Livre, la Terre »
    Inauguration, le 11 juin 2014, de l'exposition « Le Peuple, le Livre, la Terre »
  • L'hôtel de ville de Paris illuminé en mémoire des victimes du terrorisme à Jérusalem
    L'hôtel de ville de Paris illuminé en mémoire des victimes du terrorisme à Jérusalem
  • Inauguration de l'exposition, Copenhague
    Inauguration de l'exposition, Copenhague
  • Shimon Samuels rencontre le pape François
    Shimon Samuels rencontre le pape François
  • Inauguration Place Simon et Cyla Wiesenthal
    Inauguration Place Simon et Cyla Wiesenthal

Communiqués de presse 2019

Herzliya, Israël, le 16 septembre 2019

Cette 19e conférence annuelle, qui est considérée comme « le forum de Davos contre le terrorisme », a attiré quelque 1 400 hommes politiques, universitaires, responsables de la sécurité et journalistes, parmi lesquels figuraient des candidats aux prochaines élections israéliennes.

Invité pour la huitième année consécutive, le directeur des Relations internationales du Centre Simon Wiesenthal, Shimon Samuels, a attiré l’attention sur le rôle et la fongibilité de « l’or des conflits » africain ainsi que sur la disparition de la majeure partie de la réserve d’or vénézuélienne.

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“An apology is inadequate... Yann Moix should be proactive, by publicly denouncing contemporary notorious French antisemites, such as Alain Soral and Dieudonné.”

Paris, 4 September 2019

The French weekly L’Express exposure of celebrated novelist, Yann Moix’s expressions thirty years ago of antisemitism and Holocaust denial - a crime under French law - has engendered an uproar in intellectual circles.

Moix, who has reportedly been criticized for uncomplimentary remarks about “over 50 year-old women” and is now suing his family, apparently for abuse during his childhood, following indirect claims he made in his autobiographical novel.

Now, at 51, he has apologized  for his caricatures and sick Holocaust jokes of when he was 21.

An example speaks of a Jew bargaining the cost of his deportation ticket to a concentration camp.

L’Express’ revelation also resulted in Moix’s withdrawal of his latest novel, “Orléans”, from distribution, confirmed by his well-respected publisher Grasset.

While his friend, Jewish intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy, has accepted Moix’s apology, various Jewish organizations are less forthcoming.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, has suggested that “An apology is inadequate... Yann Moix should be proactive, by publicly denouncing contemporary notorious French antisemites, such as Alain Soral and Dieudonné.”

The Centre is monitoring this story.

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“Asked by UNESCO French Ambassador to assist in identifying WWI cemeteries that were destined for World Heritage status, but enlarged in WWII to include Nazi graves, the Centre exposed two such sites... We are now informed that the nomination was dropped definitively.”..."There can be no reconciliation between the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness."

Paris, 2 September 2019

In July 2018 at the 42nd World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Bahrain, Wiesenthal Centre Permanent Observer to UNESCO, Dr. Shimon Samuels, questioned a joint Franco-Belgian nomination of 139 World War I cemeteries for World Heritage inscription. The proposal was meant to emphasize reconciliation, especially with Germany, on the centenary of the 1918 armistice.

Samuels alerted the WHC that some of the cemeteries were later expanded to include World War II Allied and Axis soldiers, stressing that “these must never become reconciliation memorials.”

Former French Ambassador to UNESCO, H.E. Laurent Stefanini - now Ambassador to Monaco - called upon the Wiesenthal Centre to assist in identifying and removing any Nazi burial sites among those listed.

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Ambassador Stefanini with Dr. Shimon Samuels. 

Samuels then discovered on the list two such minefields. The first is La Tour d’Yser in Dixmude, Belgium, that has become a shrine for European neo-Nazi rallies. The second is La Cambe, where  perpetrators of the massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane are buried. 642 villagers were burned alive, the men in barns, the women and children in the church, as retaliation against the Resistance... "There can be no reconciliation between the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness", argued Samuels.

On this 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, the Centre was informed that the Franco-Belgian nomination was dropped definitively.

Samuels congratulated both countries, stating, “As the only Jewish organization accredited to the WHC, we consider this decision a historic victory.”

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“Corsica claims no Jew was deported under Nazi occupation... It is therefore even more outrageous to call the Ajaccio event 'a debate on the Jewish Question,' redolent of Hitler's 'Judenfrage'... Denounce the invitation to Sand, as an apology to today’s Jewish community. The Sand theses may not be ‘criminal’, but they are certainly ‘fiction’.”

Paris, 20 August 2019

In a letter to Laurent Marcangelo, Mayor of Ajaccio, Corsica, the Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed "concern at learning from one of our Corsican members that the guest speaker to this year’s Ajaccio 'Crime Fiction' festival - reportedly attended by thousands of people - was Shlomo Sand, ex-Tel Aviv University."

See: <https://www.corsenetinfos.corsica/La-question-juive-et-israelienne-en-debat-a-la-13eme-edition-de-festival-du-polar-corse_a42874.html>

Éditorial de Shimon Samuels publié en anglais dans The Jerusalem Post
le 16 août 2019
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Did-French-Caribbean-serve-as-Palestinian-terrorists-arms-route-598783

Le 9 août a marqué le 37e anniversaire de l’attentat de la rue des Rosiers - connu aussi comme le massacre du restaurant Goldenberg - dans le quartier juif de Paris. Bilan : six morts et vingt-deux blessés. L’attaque a été perpétrée par la tristement célèbre Organisation Abou Nidal, nom le plus courant du Fatah-Conseil Révolutionnaire, groupe palestinien nationaliste militant.