|Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) senior officials continued the dialogue with actor, comedian, rapper and television host Nick Cannon during a visit to the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance. Last week, Cannon reached out to SWC associate dean and global social action director Rabbi Abraham Cooper after controversial public comments made about Jews, and, following their meeting, issued an explicit apology to the Jewish community.
During Monday’s visit, Cannon learned about the work of the Center and Museum of Tolerance and discussed ways to work together and build bridges between the Jewish and Black communities, especially young people.
Cannon was shown The Hitler Letter (pictured above), owned by the SWC and one of the most important historical documents, it is an original letter composed and signed by Adolf Hitler in 1919, pre-dating Mein Kampf, detailing his plans for the “uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether.”
He also toured the Museum of Tolerance where he saw Witness To Truth, portraits of Holocaust survivors who share their stories with Museum visitors, as well as a recreation of famed Nazi Hunter Simon Wiesenthal’s Vienna office.
Cannon also toured the in-house production facility of Moriah Films, the Center’s two-time Academy Award®-winning film division. Simon Wiesenthal Center Academy Award®-winner Richard Trank and Cannon discussed working together on some joint media projects to promote tolerance and understanding between the Jewish and Black communities.
Moved by what he saw, Cannon generously made a pledge to donate his first paycheck from The Masked Singer to support the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s ongoing work of fighting anti-Semitism and hate.
Pictured with The Hitler Letter, seated, Nick Cannon and Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center; standing, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and global social action director and Richard Trank, writer/director and executive producer of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Moriah Films Division.
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