News Releases 2018
"Their current monthly pension gives from €28 (= $32) to €60 (= $68), while Waffen-SS volunteers received €1.500 (= $1.706)."
"Madam Chancellor, there are less than 150 surviving Dutch Ghetto Workers. They say ‘Hitler killed us brutally! Today’s Germany is killing us softly!’"
"The Federal Republic of Germany must immediately redeem its good name...Further procrastination will be construed as Germany abandoning its historical moral responsibility - a shocking message to the next generation."
Paris, 20 August 2018
In a letter to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, highlighted the “scandalous situation of Ghetto Child Forced Labourer pensions”... “as their numbers dwindle, demanding urgent justice”... “they are currently subject to unjust bureaucratic foot-dragging and heartless legal obstacles.”
Paris, 9 August 2018
In a letter to Norwegian Airlines Chairman and CEO, Bjorn Kjos, the Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr.Shimon Samuels, lamented that “the pleasure of our flight on Norwegian was dashed by an article in ‘N’, your in-flight magazine.”
The article, entitled 'Import a Community', speaks of the resettlement of migrants across Europe and beyond under the rubric 'Visit Lost Towns', intriguingly includes the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane,”... “The thumbnail depiction is a disconcerting banalization of one of the most brutal atrocities of World War II.”
The article in "N" in-flight magazine and the side-rubric
"Visit the Lost Towns" mentioning Oradour-sur-Glane.
“We are confident that a perpetrator entering the U.K. would be detained for extradition.”
“We are not so sure if they were to enter the U.S. as a ‘Green Card’ holder.”
“We urge Argentina to work with the U.S. to check the ‘Green Card’ list and place the five on a Watch List as agents of terror.”
Buenos Aires and London, 3 August 2018
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre marked the 18 July 24th anniversary of the AMIA Buenos Aires Jewish Centre bombing - that left 85 dead and over 300 wounded - by a round-table at the British Parliament. The meeting’s objective was to examine the application of the pending INTERPOL "Red Notice" arrest warrants for the detention and extradition to Argentina of the Iranian perpetrators.
The Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom read a message from his Foreign Minister, Jorge Faurie, stating that “the Argentine Government is fully committed... to ensure that all those involved in the attack are brought before the Argentine courts.”
Paris, 3 August 2018
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has led a campaign against visa refusals for participants in international sports events on grounds of religion, ethnicity, gender, nationality or other forms of discrimination.
World Chess Federation (FIDE) Vice-President I. Gelfer, confirmed by telephone to the Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, that in view of the Centre’s intervention, "FIDE has advised Tunisia that, if any player is excluded from the World School Championship of 21-26 April 2019 in Sousse, the event will be moved to Turkey"... bearing in mind that Israelis have no visa problems in that country.
Moreover, another international tournament is scheduled for mid-December in Saudi Arabia, which last year refused visas to Israelis.
FIDE has decided that, "if this is repeated, the event will be cancelled," adding, "an official ruling on this matter has been placed on the FIDE General Assembly agenda meeting in Batumi, Georgia, in October."
"We congratulate FIDE on a significant sports victory for equality," concluded Samuels.
"Her exclusion was announced on 20 July, 'UNESCO International Chess Day'."
"FIDE must suspend Tunisia unless it issues an invitation to Liel."
"Jews, Blacks and Gays will never again be banned from world sport... 1936 Berlin Olympics must never recur."
Paris, 25 July 2018
In a letter to Acting President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), Georgios Makropoulos, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed concern at "the exclusion of 7 year old Israeli champion Liel Levitan from the International Chess Festival 2018 to be hosted by Tunisia in Monastir, 1-9 September."
Liel Levitan (screenshot from Hadashot TV)