World leaders gather in Jerusalem for Holocaust Remembrance Forum

World leaders attend Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem | AFP

World leaders gather in Jerusalem for Holocaust Remembrance Forum

World leaders gather in Jerusalem for Holocaust Remembrance Forum

The event is being held against a backdrop of rising violence against Jews around the world

World leaders gather in Jerusalem for Holocaust Remembrance Forum

Dozens of world leaders gather in Jerusalem on Thursday for the largest gathering in history to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to combat contemporary anti-Semitism.

US Vice President Mike Pence, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Crown Prince Charles, as well as the Presidents of Germany, Italy and Austria are among more than 40 guests of honor at the World Forum dedicated to the Holocaust and timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary liberation of the concentration camp Auschwitz (Auschwitz).

The three-hour event at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Memorial was titled Remember the Holocaust, Fight Anti-Semitism. It aims to present a united front in memory of the genocide of Jews in Europe against the backdrop of a global surge in violence against Jews on the continent and around the world..

But unforgotten remnants of the politics of the Second World War permeate this commemorative event, manifesting themselves in different interpretations of historical events by some political players..

The Polish president, who has been criticized for his own revisionism of military history, boycotted the event because he was not invited to speak, while Putin was given a central role. At the same time, the Russian leader is leading a campaign to belittle the significance of the pre-war pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, and shifts responsibility for the outbreak of the war to Poland, which was captured in 1939..

World leaders gather in Jerusalem for Holocaust Remembrance Forum

On the eve of the forum, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin called on world leaders who gathered for dinner at his official residence to “leave history to historians.”.

“The role of political leaders, all of us, is to shape the future,” he said..

Researchers at Tel Aviv University last year reported that violent attacks on Jews increased significantly in 2018, and the number of Jews killed in anti-Semitic attacks was the largest in decades. They recorded 400 cases, with the most serious spike in Western Europe..

Canadian Prime Minister highlighted “the evils of anti-Semitism and hatred, which are once again becoming all too common.”.

“We cannot allow the passage of time to weaken our resolve to never again allow such horrors to occur,” he wrote on the eve of the event..

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