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On 24th January, B'nai B'rith in Rome organised a conference whose focal point was the launch of philosopher Donatella Di Cesare's book "Se Auschwitz è nulla", a book dealing with Holocaust denial. This event, in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, was part of the Holocaust Memorial Day activities. The conference was attended by the President of the Chamber, Gianfranco Fini (who has been awarded the B'nai B'rith Golden Menorah) and was chaired by Sandro Di Castro, the President of the Rome Lodge of B'nai B'rith.

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On Sunday, 4th March 2012 Peter Feldmann was the guest of the Frankfurt Schönstädt Lodge.

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At the end of this month our long-serving Director Sister Aline Brandon will be taking her well deserved retirement after 17 years of service to District 19 and, later, after the merger with District 15, to B’nai B’rith Europe.

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On 30th January 2012 Lodge Carmel 3355 of Sofia awarded prizes to the winners of the essay and multimedia contest on the question of "Why do we need the memory of the Holocaust today". The idea behind this project was to publicize the International Day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, and to give young people the opportunity to develop a critical point of view about humanitarian and minority rights today, using their knowledge of the history of the Holocaust.

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An appeal is launched today by B'nai B'rith Europe to provide financial help for Mrs Eva Sandler, the widow of Jonathan Sandler and mother of Arie and Gabriel, so cruelly murdered at the Ozar Hatorah School in Toulouse last week.
 
A special account has been opened for this specific purpose.
It is : IBAN : BE95 7320 0748 9158
BIC : CREGBEGG
Account holder : B'nai B'rith Europe
 
We would ask B'nai B'rith lodges throughout Europe to demonstrate, in a practical and generous manner, their solidarity with Mrs Sandler at this time of her tragic bereavement.
 
Ralph Hofmann
President, B'nai B'rith Europe
   
We want to thank you and the members of your Lodges for the very many gestures of sympathy, condolences and fraternity you have addressed to us.

It is with feelings of great sadness, bitterness and abhorrence that we share in the pain and mourning that has just hit our community and the entire French Republic.

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