The Fifth World Holocaust Forum
Remembering the Holocaust,
Fighting Antisemitism

World Holocaust Forum 2020

23 January 2020
Jerusalem, Israel

Under the auspices of:

President of Israel

Organised by:

As we mark seventy-five years since the end of the Holocaust, the most horrific tragedy in human history, a new wave of antisemitism unseen since World War II poses an existential threat to European Jewry. Today, antisemitic incidents have hit record highs in countries such as France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Jewish citizens again do not feel safe on European streets, with 38% considering emigrating because of antisemitism. Moreover, a third of Europeans knows only ‘a little’ or ‘nothing at all’ about the Holocaust.

In these times of upheaval, commemorating the Holocaust and emphasising the urgency of joining forces against antisemitism and racism is of crucial importance.

More than ever, the world cannot afford to forget where hatred and extremism can lead. More than ever, world leaders must renew their commitment to stand up against antisemitism and prejudice and to ensure that such tragedy never happens again.

We are together today, united in our words and in our belief for a future free from antisemitism, racism and xenophobia. together we will plant the seeds of trust and belief so that our daily prayers for salvation will be answered.
Excerpt from the speech by Dr. Moshe Kantor

The Location
Warsaw Ghetto Square,
Yad Vashem

The Wall of Remembrance consists of two sculptures set in a wall of red bricks, which symbolize the ghetto walls. In the center of the first sculpture, entitled “The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising”, stands the leader of the uprising, Mordechai Anielewicz. The second sculpture, entitled “The Last March”, depicts the mass deportation of the Jews to the death camps.

Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is the ultimate source for Holocaust education, documentation, commemoration and research. From the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem’s integrated approach incorporates meaningful educational initiatives, groundbreaking research and inspirational exhibits. Its use of innovative technological platforms maximizes accessibility to the vast information in the Yad Vashem archival collections for an expanding global audience.

Yad Vashem is at the forefront of unceasing efforts to safeguard and impart the memory of the victims and the events of the Shoah period; to document accurately one of the darkest chapters in the history of humanity; and to grapple effectively with the ongoing challenges of keeping the memory of the Holocaust relevant today and for future generations.

Press Coverage

Press Releases

Press conference of Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev and President of World Holocaust Foundation Moshe Kantor during the Fifth World Holocaust Forum. Yad Vashem

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World Holocaust Forum President Dr. Moshe Kantor tells assembled world leaders that with current levels of emigration there could be no Jewish communities in Europe by 2050

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Historic Anthology of Statements from World Leaders

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Top international stars including Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Charlie Sheen participate in Instagram campaign against antisemitism “STOP THIS STORY!”

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The First Ever Global Social Media Campaign to combat Antisemitism is Launched, Titled: “STOP THIS STORY!”

(Tuesday, January 14, 2020) – For the first time ever, a social media campaign was launched today with the aim of generating awareness about...

Leaders from the United States, Russia, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany to Address the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem

(Wednesday, 15 January 2020) 46 heads of states, members of royalty, presidents, prime ministers and parliamentary leaders from Europe, North America and Australia will...

Prince Charles to attend historic World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem along with around 40 world leaders

(Wednesday, December 18, 2019) – His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, has confirmed his attendance to the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, entitled “Remembering...

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