10 October 2019
Yad Vashem strongly condemns the antisemitic attack yesterday against the Jewish community of Halle, Germany. This latest occurrence is yet another reminder that antisemitism is still alarmingly evident worldwide. Yad Vashem deeply identifies and sympathizes with the victims and their families.
The leadership of the international community must declare that in our post-Holocaust global society, there is no room for antisemitism, racism or xenophobia. We at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, are particularly sensitive to the toxic dangers of antisemitism, in its many forms and contexts, and to its destructive implications – not only for Jews, but for all of civilized society. Yad Vashem, has learned, and ardently teaches, about the painful truth of the fragility of democratic societies, and the need to perpetually buttress their effective commitment to tolerance, pluralism and human rights.
Yad Vashem together with the World Holocaust Forum Foundation, will host the Fifth World Holocaust Forum under the heading, "Remembering the Holocaust – Fighting Antisemitism". Seventy-five years after the liberation of Auschwitz, world leaders will gather in Jerusalem on 23 January 2020 to declare their commitment to fighting antisemitism and all forms of hatred.