1 out of every 11 people on earth reached in World Jewish Congress’ We Remember campaign

February 25, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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More than 650 million people from 155 countries, or 1 out every 11 people on Earth, were reached in the World Jewish Congress’ 2018 We Remember campaign launched ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, according to data compiled in three independent evaluations.

More than 1.5 million people took active part in the social media initiative, including heads of state, celebrities, religious leaders, and average citizens from around the world.

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder. (Photo by Shahar Azran)

The World Jewish Congress on Thursday honored at its executive offices in New York 13 Holocaust survivors who played an integral role in the campaign for their ongoing contributions to preserving the memory of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust and all those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis. The survivors were presented with the World Jewish Congress’ inaugural ‘We Remember Award’ by young members of the New Jersey branch of the Israeli Scouts (Tzofim).

“The end of the We Remember campaign is not an end to the conversation about Holocaust memory, it is just the beginning. This initiative reached farther and wider than we could possibility have imagined, growing from a campaign to an incredibly strong and important movement,” said WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer said: “We all have a deep responsibility to keep this discussion going widely and to make sure that the horrors of the Holocaust and the dangers of hatred are heard. The World Jewish Congress thanks each and every person around the world who took part in this initiative, generated the conversations, and spread the message. Because of you, the world knows that we must remember the Holocaust.”

As this year’s initiative came to a close, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder added: “Just over seven decades since the Nazis attempted to systematically exterminate the Jewish people, anti-Semitism and xenophobia are on the rise again. As the numbers of survivors among us dwindles, it has become more critical than ever to teach the next generation to bear witness in their names to ensure that this horrific and dark moment in history is never repeated, anywhere in the world. The World Jewish Congress is deeply grateful to the millions of people around the world who joined our movement and embraced our message to remember. Together we must work to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and fight anti-Semitism and hatred wherever they rear their heads.”

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