’ was happening again in Rwanda.” He spoke of news stories making the past relevant: “A story has legs...the anniversary of D-Day differs from year to year.We hope that our list of Holocaust topics will make you think about something more important than your daily routines.
There was no pecking order of suffering, just perfect empathy.”Picard’s uncle, child survivor Robert Créange - son of a published poet engaged in intellectual resistance to Nazism - was rounded up with his entire family by the French police and held at the Vel d’Hiv stadium in Paris, listed for deportation to Auschwitz.
He accentuated the sadism of the police, cutting the stadium’s water supply, and the frequent suicides among the starving detainees.
He then introduced the five laureates who presented summaries of their winning papers (see in attachment).
Austrian Ambassador Claudia Reinprecht commented on her work with the Wiesenthal Centre for UNESCO action against the Belgian Aalst antisemitic carnival float.
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.Alla Gerber, Chair of the RHC, noted that “the Holocaust was not discussed in post-war Soviet Union: Stalin’s so-called ‘Jewish doctors plot’ was a form of genocide against memory...only in 1992, after Perestroika and the return to democracy, we started from scratch with memory education and prevention of antisemitism.”...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).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. Read the list below, and pick one of the Holocaust topics to think about. The more we know, the less likely a repetition of this catastrophe will occur.“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.