On April 16, 2007, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe René van der Linden met with President of the European Jewish Fund, President of the Russian Jewish Congress Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor in Strasbourg.
Both parties expressed their concern regarding the attempts to deny the Holocaust, anti-Semitic appeals sounding stronger nowadays and actual revision of WWII results, including by whitewashing the Nazi criminals.
The parties discussed the initiative to implement a pan-European educational programme called Europe without Strangers aimed at facilitating dialogue and cooperation between civilizations, strengthening tolerance in Europe. Lessons of tolerance to be held in schools throughout Europe and included in the national curricula are an important part of this programme.
The discussion touched upon another upcoming significant event – 60th anniversary of establishing the State of Israel.
Kantor and van der Linden paid special attention to the preparation for commemorating in 2008 of a sorrowful date – 70 years since die Kristallnacht which triggered the Holocaust, most cruel genocide in the human history. To remember the tragedy’s victims and forewarn future generations, the third Let My People Live! international Holocaust forum is scheduled for Germany in 2008. Kantor also told President of the Parliamentary Assembly about the efforts to establish the European Museum of Babi Yar and Similar Tragedies. The parties agreed that the forum events and the museum’s activity will be held under the aegis of the Council of Europe.