“Let My People Live!”
The First International Forum

The First
"Let My People Live"

27 JANUARY 2005
Krakow / Auschwitz,

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This Forum was organised by the WHF together with the European Jewish Congress (EJC), represented by the Chairman of its Board of Governors Dr. Moshe Kantor, the Polish Ministry of Culture and Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority.

The Forum was attended by over 30 official delegations led by their Heads of state, among them President of Israel Moshe Katsav, President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski, French President Jacques Chirac, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Vice President of the United States of America Richard Cheney, representing the Allied Forces.

Participants at the Forum included survivors and liberators of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps, as well as delegations of students and youth.


The International Forum “Let My People Live!” held in Krakow in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau was an event of paramount importance, as the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp has become a symbol of not only genocide, racism and xenophobia, but also a symbol of total extermination of the Jewish nation. And it is the struggle against genocide, anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia, which the new educational program declared at the Forum is dedicated to. According to the latest statistical surveys conducted in Europe and the U.S., young people do not know the history of the Holocaust and do not realize the scope of the genocide tragedy of the mid-20th century. Therefore, the declaration of the launch of a new joint project.

“The European Education Program for Teachers on the Holocaust and Its Lessons” within the framework of the Forum “Let My People Live!” is very symbolic. It is very much likely that this international meeting has been one of the last chances for today’s youth to hear about the horrible act of genocide from those who witnessed it. No one has the right to forget the lessons of the past century: shameful abuse of human rights and devastating racism. The problems of anti-Semitism, xenophobia and racial intolerance are not only problems of the Jewish nation, but of all world nations.

This global awareness project for training teachers of the Holocaust history has already been supported by the leaders of the European countries, who attended the Forum. The World Holocaust Forum (WHF), the establishment of which was announced at the Forum “Let My People Live!” will promote widespread teacher education about the Holocaust and will be held regularly for assessment and strategic planning of the European Education Program. As Chairman of the Organizing Committee, I express my confidence that in the near future the leaders of other countries of the world, who could not participate in the International Forum in Krakow on January 27, 2005, will join the World Holocaust Forum. The slogan “Let My People Live!” is addressed to all nations of the world: let each nation live on the Earth and do not let genocide ever happen again! The Education Program for Teachers on the Holocaust and its Lessons is the link, which will connect the past with the future. It will not allow us to forget and repeat the horrors of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Our goal is to revive the memory of the past crimes in order to enable future generations to prevent such tragedy from happening again in the future.

Sincerely yours,

Moshe Kantor
Founder of the World Holocaust Forum


We are gathered here today, in the center of Europe, on the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, pledging our commitment to further Holocaust education and remembrance throughout the continent and around the world.

In scriptural tradition, remembrance is invariably connected to action. “And you shall tell your children” (Exodus 13:8) is not only a commandment for parents to tell their children about the slavery of the Jewish people in Egypt, but also a directive to in still values of freedom and hope.

As this international gathering, “Let My People Live” draws to a close, we, as the heads of states of Israel, Poland and Russia, leaders and representatives of many nations call for and put upon us a commitment to maintain a World Holocaust Forum to strengthen Holocaust education and commemoration for generations. We especially seek to touch the hearts and minds of youngsters, so that they will uphold the sanctity of human life.

We hereby request that an organizing committee make all the necessary arrangements to establish an international body that will convene this forum every few years, and in which world nations will examine the past and preserve the memory of the Holocaust and its legacy for the future.

This forum will also support a cadre of leaders in Holocaust education who will participate in intensive training courses and study seminars focusing on passing on the Holocaust legacy to future generations, as well as combating all forms of racism, intolerance and antisemitism.

The lessons of the Shoah command us to safeguard the values that provide the foundation for a democratic society. It is our hope that this forum will make an important contribution toward this sacred task.

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