About the Foundation
Purposes & Objectives
The Foundation was established in 2004 ahead of the First International Forum “Let my People Live!” in Krakow, Poland, marking the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau. Recognising that the world will soon lose the last survivors of the Holocaust, and in light of the troubling upsurge of global antisemitism, the World Holocaust Forum Foundation is committed to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and to fostering tolerance between religions and nationalities in the aspiration of eliminating all forms of antisemitism, racism, and xenophobia.
“LET MY PEOPLE LIVE!” FORUM
In 2005, Moshe Kantor initiated and organised, in partnership with the European Jewish Congress, the First International ‘Let My People Live!’ Forum in Krakow, Poland, which gathered over 30 official delegations led by their Heads of state, in order to mark 60 years since the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Babi Yar tragedy, the Foundation organised the Second Forum in 2006 in Kiev. The Third Forum took place in Krakow in 2010 and was the first step in a series of events scheduled for that year to celebrate victory in World War II.
Since then, the Forum has acquired great support from the European Union institutions and Heads of State as well as high-ranking politicians and distinguished personalities. It has become a tradition to organise the Forum on historical dates and sites related to the Shoah. The Fourth International ‘Let My People Live!’ Forum was organised in 2015 in Prague and Terezin, Czech Republic, in collaboration with the President of the Czech Republic and the President of the European Parliament.
About the Founder
Dr. Moshe Kantor
Dr. Moshe Kantor is a prominent public figure, international philanthropist and scientist. He is known worldwide for his fight against antisemitism, racism, neo-Nazism, negationism and intolerance and for his commitment to Holocaust education and remembrance. The prosperity, freedom and security of the Jewish people are his first priorities.
More than seventy years after the end of WWII, our societies are no longer immune to extremism. We must fully mobilise and equip ourselves to fight this scourge.
Today, the paradigm of the struggle against antisemitism has changed. Fifteen years ago, antisemitism was easily recognisable and understood in all countries as a vile phenomenon. But as manifestations of antisemitism have today reached such high levels across Europe and worldwide, it now not only threatens Jews but also society as a whole.
Where today Jews are attacked, tomorrow every citizen could become a target. As history teaches us, extremists test out their force first on Jews as a prelude to attacks on the entire population.
The fight against extremism should therefore be carried out not only for the sake of the Jewish people, but for the well-being and survival of humanity.
Society must act immediately to protect itself, including its Jewish citizens, or it will be too late. More than seventy years after the end of WWII, our societies are no longer immune to extremism. We must fully mobilise and equip ourselves to fight this scourge.