"Let My People Live"
26-27 JANUARY 2015
PRAGUE / TEREZIN,
The Fourth International “Let My People Live!” Forum was held in Prague and Terezin (Czech Republic) on 26-27 January 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The two-day event consisted of two major parts, the Forum of World Civil Society held at Prague Castle and the commemorative ceremony in Terezin.
The Forum, organised by the EJC and the WHF in collaboration with the European Parliament and its President Martin Schulz, was attended by over 900 guests, including 30 official delegations and representatives of parliaments, European Heads of state as well as experts and scholars from Europe, United States and Canada, who gathered together to participate in three discussion panels focused on antisemitism, neo-Nazism and religious radicalism.
National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Abraham Foxman, historian and Yale University professor Timothy Snyder, American historian and author Alan Dershowitz, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, MP Irwin Cotler, French writer and philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, Vera Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, and other preeminent individuals took part in the various panels on the Forum’s first day.
EJC President Moshe Kantor, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament Jan Hamáček and President of the Czech Senate Milan Štěch addressed the audience.
On 27 January 2015, Czech President Miloš Zeman hosted the final session of the Forum and addressed the audience at the official ceremony to commemorate the Holocaust’s victims alongside Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria, Yuli Yoel Edelstein, Speaker of the Knesset and EJC President Moshe Kantor.
At the conclusion of the Fourth International Holocaust Forum, 25 Speakers from Parliaments across the continent came together to adopt a historic document – The Prague Declaration on Combatting Antisemitism and Hate Crimes.
Subsequently, a commemorative ceremony took place in Theresienstadt, a concentration camp that served as a transit station on the way to other death camps.
The Forum concluded with the unveiling of the Monument offered by the EJC and its President Moshe Kantor to the Terezin Memorial to honour the memory of the victims.