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REMEMBERING THE SHOAH


Wednesday, April 11

Light a memorial candle for Yom HaShoah in memory of the 6,000,000 Jews murdered by the Third German Reich

Alan Miller, President BBUK
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«The Shoah, along with the World Wars of the 20th century, is now passing into history.

Within Bnai Brith UK, we have been making efforts to "highlight" the Shoah in a very particular way.

This has been to encourage each of us to light a memorial candle on the eve of Yom HaShoah in memory of the 6,000,000 Jews murdered by the German Third Reich.

We were recently approached by a committee,The Yellow Candle Programme, that exists solely to promote continual Holocaust remembrance.

The programme simply involves supplying everyone with a Yarzheit candle, to be lit on the eve of Yom HaShoah. This year that falls on the evening of April 11.

Through the generosity of an anonymous contributor, the candles are supplied for free.

Our National Executive has been keen to see BBUK play its part. To this end, each lodge will be supplied with an appropriate number of candles to distribute to the members.

It is also to be hoped that children and grandchildren will be made aware and will be encouraged to participate.

Never Again means Never Again. That can only have a meaning if newer and future generations will actually be aware that we must never forget to remember the 6,000,000.

I hope and trust that we have your full co-operation.

Best regards.

Alan Miller, President BBUK

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WE COLLECT SIGNATURES UNTIL

Thursday, April 5

We collect signatures of Jewish people in support Polish NGOs

"who do not agree with how current policy casts a pall over the Polish-Jewish relations developed over the years"

« Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am sending you a short letter, signed by over 30 members of our B'nai B'rith lodge Polin, as well as other Jewish personalities from Poland, Israel and US, in the hope that you will sign it and find other Jews to sign it as well.

The letter is in response to a warm letter of support to Jews (see below) signed by about 100 Polish NGOs. In addition to nice but rather minor organizations, the signatories include important institutions whom I know and highly respect like the the Forum for Dialogue, Stefan Batory Foundation, Political Critique, OKO Press, Polski PEN Club, Jan Karski Society, Stowarzyszenie Pisarzy Polskich (Association of Polish Writers), and Stowarzyszenie Otwarta Rzeczpospolita (Open Republic Society).

More Polish Jewish personalities will sign the letter, but we will make it public only when we have a number of Israeli, American and other signatures. Please send information about your signature to Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. , and please forward this letter to those whom you consider to be suitable potential signatories.

We collect signatures until Thursday.

With best wishes,

Sergiusz Kowalski,

President, B'nai B'rith Lodge Polin »

The letter to be signed is following:

To all those who signed the open letter from Polish non-governmental organizations:

Your letter has touched us deeply. Thank you for your strong condemnation of anti-Semitism and for your expressions of solidarity. We would also like to thank the creators of the graphic combining Solidarity's iconic logo with the flags of Poland and Israel. We respond with gratitude, as friends to friends.

We cannot accept that the only voices heard would come from those who spread hateful tales drawing on negative stereotypes and bad emotions. There is no lack of such on both sides, but that is why your voice is so important, and we offer ours in response and in the spirit of solidarity with you.

We cannot waste the years of efforts to better our mutual understanding. History has drawn us close to each other – even if we might look at it differently. Just like you, we consider truth and reconciliation to be our common goal.

Sergiusz
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B'nai B'rith Düsseldorf Lodge Franz Rosenzweig in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation organised a podium discussion about the innovative Israeli economy.


“In Israel there are 6,500 startup firms registered, which makes it worldwide number 2 in absolute figures. Regarding the number of startups per capita Israel is by far the number 1, which earned it the title of “Startup Nation”.

The B’nai B’rith Franz Rosenzweig Lodge Düsseldorf in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation organised a podium discussion about the innovative Israeli economy and the potential for German-Israeli cooperations.

After greetings by the Director of the Northrhine-Westphalia branch of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and by Dr. Michael Naor, president of the B’nai B’rith Lodge, 4 Experts presented different aspects of the topic.

Doron Abrahami, the Israeli attaché for Economy and Commerce at the Embassy of the State of Israel in Berlin (photo, 1. from left), gave an overview about Israeli innovations, current trends of international investments in Israel as well as large-scale research & development activities of global players in the country.

Dr. Markus Gick, Senior Project manager at the Bertelsmann Foundation (photo, 1. from right), reported about a study he did about German-Israeli economic relations and highlighted the benefits of the Israeli High-Tech Ecosystem for German firms.

Roy Naor, an associate at the international law firm DWF (photo, 3. from right), gave an overview about legal and procedural aspects in the bilateral economic relations. He especially elaborated on the area of Cybersecurity as one of the most important and interesting fields for German firms, since most of the technologies in this area come from Israel and the USA.

Dr. Philipp Raidt, Head of Portfolio at Axel Springer Digital Classifieds in Berlin (photo, 2. from left), presented the experiences of his enterprise having so far invested in 3 firms in Israel. He described the typical atmosphere in the country and the typical mentality of Israelis, hinting at helpful approaches in order to gain from it.

About 120 guests came to the event, which took place at the Business Club of Düsseldorf (“Wirtschaftsclub"). Among them Christoph Dammermann, the State Secretary in the Ministry for Economy and Commerce of the State of Northrhine-Westphalia, Dr. Oded Horowitz, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Jewish Community, representatives of the City of Düsseldorf, of the Chamber of Commerce and a number of personalities from local public life.

After a round of discussion with all the lecturers guests were invited to a get-together with wine and canapés, which enabled further networking in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere".


Dr. Michael Naor, president

B'nai B'rith Düsseldorf Franz Rosenzweig Lodge
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B'nai B'rith Europe denounces and condemns the "march of Lukov ", neo-Nazi demonstration which is to be held on February 17th in Sofia


The Bulgarian National union organizes on February 17th a "torchlight parade" in Sofia in honour of Bulgarian fascist Hristo Lukov.

Nazis, xenophobes and anti-Semite slogans are chanted during this neo-Nazi demonstration, called "march of Lukov" which is held since 2003.

The president of B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, firmly condemns the "march of Lukov" of February 17th, a demonstration in the glory of the Nazi general Hristo Lukov, who took part in the repression of the Bulgarian Jewish community before and during the Second World War; Hristo Lukov was the chief of the Union of the Bulgarian National Legions.

In a context of anti-Semitism growing in Europe and the multiplications of anti-Jewish actions in Bulgaria, B'nai B'rith Europe asks political leaders and representatives of Bulgarian civil society to intensify their efforts to prevent the holding of this demonstration and to publicly denounce the organizers of the Walk of Lukov who promote hatred and rejection of the other.

The President of the B'nai B'rith Europe Lodge of Sofia, Rafael Chichek, also reported many anti-Semite demonstrations in Bulgaria which reminds the Nazi hate of the years 1930.

The Jewish community recalled in an official statement of B'nai B'rith of Sofia the "public and media appearances of Metodi Andreev and Ivo Hristov, civils servant of the ministry of Defense, who made the salute in front of the cameras; the profanation of the Jewish cemetery of Sofia, the profanation of the Alyosha monument in Plovdiv and the monument dedicated in memory of Jewish prisoners burned in the camp of Kaylaka in Pleven".

The President of B'nai B'rith Europe points out that Bulgaria holds the EU's six-month rotating presidency since January 2018 at the council of the European Union, request the Bulgarian Government to take appropriate measures against the authors of these anti-Semite demonstrations and expresses the wish to see the Bulgarian authorities denouncing the walk of Lukov as a manifestation of the ideology of hatred and historical revisionism.

During the two last years, the march was technically prohibited, but was authorized to continue nevertheless authorized to continue without intervention of the police.




Le B'nai B'rith Europe dénonce et condamne la «marche de Lukov», manifestation néo-nazie qui doit se tenir le 17 février à Sofia

Le 17 Février prochain à Sofia, l'Union Nationale Bulgare organise un « défilé aux flambeaux » en l'honneur du fasciste bulgare Hristo Lukov. Lors de cette manifestation néo-nazie, appelée «marche de Lukov» et qui se tient depuis 2003, sont scandés des slogans nazis, xénophobes et antisémites.

Le président du B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, condamne fermement la «marche de Lukov» du 17 février, manifestation à la gloire du général nazi Hristo Lukov, qui a participé à la répression de la communauté juive bulgare avant et pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale; Hristo Lukov était le chef de l'Union des Légions Nationales Bulgares.

Dans un contexte d'antisémitisme croissant en Europe et de multiplications des actes antisémites en Bulgarie le B'nai B'rith Europe demande aux dirigeants politiques et aux représentants de la société civile bulgare d'intensifier leurs efforts pour empêcher la tenue de cette manifestation et de dénoncer publiquement les organisateurs de la Marche de Lukov qui font la promotion de haine et du rejet de l'autre.

Le Président de la loge du B'nai B'rith Europe de Sofia, Rafael Chichek, a aussi signalé les nombreuses manifestations antisémites en Bulgarie qui rappellent la haine nazies des années 1930.

Dans un communiqué du B'nai B'rith de Sofia la communauté juive a tenue à rappeler « les apparitions publiques et médiatiques de Metodi Andreev et d'Ivo Hristov, fonctionnaires du ministère de la Défense, qui ont devant les caméras fait le salut ; la profanation du cimetière juif de Sofia, la profanation du monument Alyosha à Plovdiv et du monument dédié à la mémoire des prisonniers juifs brûlés dans le camp de Kaylaka à Pleven».

Le Président du B'nai B'rith Europe rappelle que la Bulgarie occupe pour 6 mois depuis janvier 2018 la présidence du conseil de l'Union Européenne et demande au Gouvernement Bulgare de prendre les mesures adaptées contre les auteurs de ces manifestations antisémites et émet le souhait de voir les autorités bulgares dénoncer la marche de Lukov comme une manifestation de l'idéologie de la haine et du révisionnisme historique.

Au cours des deux dernières années, la marche a été techniquement interdite, mais a été autorisée à continuer néanmoins sans intervention de la police.
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B'nai B'rith Europe joined the 7th Round Table of the European Commission with representatives of Jewish organizations in Brussels


B'nai B'rith Europe Director of the Brussels office, represented the President of B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, during the 7th Round table of the European Commission gathering main European Jewish organizations.

B'nai International Director of EU affairs Benjamin Nägele, and EU Affairs policy advisor Dany Prist, represented B'nai B'rith International.

The meeting focused on the monitoring results of illegal hate speech online as well as on the counter terrorism measures addressed by Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism coordinator.

B'nai B'rith Europe, through the Director of the Brussels office, had the opportunity to present its actions and its commitment in this fight against anti-Semitism in Europe by evoking the publication project of a compendium on anti-Semitism which includes an analysis of the

various forms of anti-Semitism, basing itself on the real life experiences of its representation in 25 countries in Europe.


B'nai B'rith Europe a participé à la 7ème Table Ronde de la Commission Européenne avec les Organisations Juives à Bruxelles

La Directrice du bureau du BBE à Bruxelles a représenté le Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, lors de la 7ème Table Ronde de la Commission Européenne réunissant les principales organisations Juives européennes.

Benjamin Nägele, Directeur des Affaires Européennes pour le B'nai B'rith International et Dany Prist, conseiller en politique, ont représenté le B 'nai B 'rith International.

La réunion s'est focalisée sur les résultats du contrôle de discours haineux illégaux en ligne ainsi que sur les mesures antiterroristes adressées par Gilles de Kerchove, Coordinateur de la lutte antiterroriste.

Le B'nai B'rith Europe, par le voix de la Directrice du bureau du BBE à Bruxelles, a eu l'opportunité de présenter ses actions et son engagement dans ce combat contre l'antisémitisme en Europe et a évoqué le projet de publication d'un recueil sur l'antisémitisme qui inclut une analyse des différentes formes d'antisémitisme en se basant sur le vécu de ses représentations dans 25 pays en Europe.
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Serge Dahan, President of B'nai B'rith Europe, participated in the International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony organized by the European Parliament


Brussels, January 24th, 2018

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony organized by the European Parliament with the support of the European Jewish Congress was chaired by Mrs Mairead McGuinness, First Vice-president of the European Parliament and was held in presence of Mrs Livia Jaroka, Vice-president of the European Parliament and rapporteur to the European Union on the European strategy with regard to Roms, Mr Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress, Mr Yuli Edelstein, President of the Knesset, Chief Rabbi Guigui, representing the conference of European rabbis, holocaust survivors from the Jewish community and from the Rom community, European members of the Parliament and representatives of Jewish organizations.

Serge Dahan, President of B'nai B'rith Europe, Thomas Kraus, President of the Rebirth Czech Republic Lodge, member of BBE Executive committee and the Director of the Brussels office represented B'nai B'rith Europe at this ceremony.

Mrs Mairead McGuinness, First Vice-President of the European Parliament, emphasized the importance of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th, date of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp and the resolution of the United Nations named "Memory of the Holocaust", which encourages States to promote educational projects and to protect memory places related to the Holocaust. This resolution condemns any attempt of holocaust denial or religious intolerance and begins to promote a program on the United Nations level in order to perpetuate the Holocaust memory and to prevent that such an event repeats itself.

Mairead McGuinness expressed her intention to personally visit Auschwitz in the course of this year. She indicated that each citizen should make this journey to guarantee that such a crime against humanity does not repeat.

Moshe Kantor, European Jewish Congress President, declared that "while personal memories short, our political memory and the lessons that the political class of Europe draws from the Holocaust must remain".

"The European Union urgently needs to demonstrate that it will tirelessly defend pluralism and the rule of law" Mr Kantor continued.

Yuli Edelstein, representing the State of Israel, President of Knesset, denounced the contradictory messages of the European Parliament, in particular for failing to condemn, during their last trip to Tehran, the Iranian cartoon contest on the holocaust.
Mr. Edelstein asked what did we learn from the holocaust if synagogues require today a protection around the clock, if jews do not carry the kippah and star of David out of fear of being attacked.

Kaddish recited by Chief Rabbi Guigui followed by a minute of silence closed the ceremony in memory of victims of the Holocaust.
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Serge Dahan, Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, a participé à la Cérémonie de la Journée Internationale de Commémoration de l'Holocauste organisée par le Parlement Européen

Bruxelles le 24 Janvier 2018

La cérémonie de la Journée Internationale de Commémoration de l'Holocauste organisée par le Parlement Européen avec le soutien du Congrès juif Européen, présidée par Madame Mairead McGuinness, Première Vice-présidente du parlement européen, s'est tenue en présence Madame Livia Jaroka, Vice-présidente du parlement européen et rapporteur à l'Union européenne sur la stratégie européenne à l'égard des Roms, Monsieur Moshe Kantor, Président du Congrès juif Européen, Monsieur Yuli Edelstein, Président de la Knesset, Monsieur le Grand Rabbin Guigui, représentant la conférence des rabbins européens, des survivants de l'holocauste issus de la communauté juive et de la communauté rom, des parlementaires européens et des représentants d'organisations juives.

Serge Dahan, Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, Thomas Kraus, Président de la Loge Renaissance République Tchèque, membre du Comité Exécutif du BBE et la Directrice du Bureau de Bruxelles représentaient le B'nai B'rith Europe à cette cérémonie.

Madame Mairead McGuinness, Première Vice-présidente du Parlement Européen, a rappelé l'importance de la Journée Internationale de Commémoration de l'Holocauste du 27 janvier, date anniversaire de la libération du camp d'Auschwitz et la résolution des Nations Unies intitulée « Mémoire de l'Holocauste » qui encouragent les États à promouvoir des projets éducatifs et à protéger les lieux de mémoire liés à l'Holocauste.

Cette résolution condamne toute manifestation qui viserait à la négation de l'holocauste, l'intolérance religieuse et s'engage à promouvoir un programme au niveau des Nations unies afin de perpétuer la mémoire de l'Holocauste et empêcher qu'un tel évènement ne se reproduise.

Mairead McGuinness a exprimé son intention de visiter personnellement le camp d'Auschwitz Birkenau dans le courant de cette année. Elle a indiqué que chaque citoyen devrait faire ce voyage pour garantir qu'un tel crime contre l'humanité ne se répète.

Moshe Kantor, Président du Congrès Juif Européen, a déclaré que si la mémoire personnelle décline, la mémoire politique et les leçons apprises par holocauste doivent perdurer ajoutant "l'union Européenne doit démontrer une détermination intransigeante pour défendre le pluralisme et le droit".

Yuli Edelstein, représentant l'Etat d'Israël, Président de la Knesset, a dénoncé les messages contradictoires du parlement européen, notamment en ne condamnant pas, lors d'un dernier voyage à Téhéran, le concours iranien de caricatures sur l'Holocauste.

Mr Edelstein a interpellé l'assemblée en demandant ce qui a été appris de l'holocauste si les synagogues ont besoin aujourd'hui d'une protection 24h/24, si les juifs ne portent pas la kippa et l'étoile de David par peur de se faire attaquer.

Le Kaddish récité par le Grand Rabbin Guigui, suivi d'une minute de silence ont clôturé cette cérémonie à la mémoire des victimes de l'Holocauste.

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