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Paris, 21 January 2020

In a letter to Monaco State Minister, Serge Telle, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, stated, "we understand that Monaco is participating in the forthcoming World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, while ignoring requests for access to its Holocaust-period archives."

The letter stressed, "Mr. State Minister, a statement by you, announcing - from Jerusalem - your cooperation with the Simon Wiesenthal Centre on this issue, would render your visit very meaningful." 

Samuels offered to meet with Telle in Jerusalem to resolve the matter.

"The absence of a response by Monaco to access its Holocaust-related archives, may be viewed negatively, and render your presence at this Holocaust Commemoration as, at best, an empty gesture," concluded Samuels.