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January 10, 2018

Jerusalem-The Simon Wiesenthal Center today revealed that its chief Nazi-hunter, Holocaust historian Dr. Efraim Zuroff, has appealed to Finnish President Sauli Niinistö to launch an official inquiry into the participation of Finnish volunteer Waffen-SS men in Holocaust crimes, in the wake of new research on their service in Ukraine in 1941.

In a letter sent late last week to the Finnish President
, Zuroff noted the recent research by Dr. Andre Swanström, the Chairman of the Finnish Society of Church History, which clearly indicates that Finnish Waffen-SS actively participated in the mass murder of Jews in Ukraine.

According to Zuroff:

"I am certain that you would agree that such revelations require a forthright response by the Finnish authorities and appropriate measures to investigate this matter.

"You might recall that in a similar situation in November 2003, President Halonen immediately initiated the establishment of a commission of inquiry to examine the deportation from Finland of approximately 3,000 foreigners to Nazi Germany, among them Soviet political officers and Jewish prisoners of war, who were thereby sentenced to almost certain death.

"I hope that you fully understand the gravity of the research by Dr. Swanström and recognize the importance of a serious investigation of his findings. While the initiation of such an inquiry will no doubt be a painful step for Finnish society, it is only by honestly and courageously facing past mistakes that such unfortunate crimes can be prevented in the future."

Read letter here

For additional information please contact the Israel Office of the Wiesenthal Center: Tel: 972-2-563-1274 or Tel: 972-50-721-4156, join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal and @EZuroff for news updates sent direct to your Twitter feed.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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**UPDATE**
Read response from booking.com:

Hello Dr.Samuels,   Thank you for reaching out .
At Booking.com, we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind, and if we find that an accommodation listed on our site engages in discriminatory behaviour, we investigate the matter fully, potentially ceasing our working relationship and removing them from our site.As soon as we were made aware of this case, we immediately reached out to the customer, offered to cover the costs they incurred in finding an alternate place to stay, and have removed this property from our site. 
Best,,  Kris
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“The Centre awaits the Tourism Ministry’s promised measures against this Hostel of Hate”

Buenos Aires, 12 January 2018

Despite a confirmed reservation through Booking.com, the owner of Hostel Buena Vista, located in Valizas, Rocha, Uruguay, refused two tourists when he discovered that they were Israelis traveling through Latin America.

He berated them on "the policies of your country”, adding, “you are not welcome in my house."

The owner, Marcelo Piñero, had posted on Facebook that he would reject especially “young Israelis who served in the army as one such guest had, years ago, told him he was trained to kill in 15 seconds.” Pinero is convinced that his behaviour is “not discriminatory nor antisemitic”.

"The condemnation of a whole group for the politics of one of its members is the very definition of discrimination," said Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Representative of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Latin America.

Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations for the Center stated: "As in another recent case in Switzerland, we will request Booking.com to delist this establishment which violates the anti-discrimatory principles of the reservation company...we will also inform our own global membership of over 400,000 to blacklist this hostel as inappropriate if visiting Uruguay.“

The Centre appreciates the declaration by the Uruguay Minister of Tourism, Liliana Kechichian, condemning the owner’s attitude and awaits her report and the measures she will take against this hostel of hate.

For further information, please contact Dr. Shimon Samuels at +336 09770158 or Dr. Ariel Gelblung at +54 9 11 49695365,  join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent direct to your Twitter feed.
 
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).



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"Esperamos las medidas prometidas por el Ministerio de Turismo contra este Albergue de Odio"

Buenos Aires, 12 de enero de 2018

A pesar de existir una reserva confirmada a través de Booking.com, el propietario del albergue Buena Vista, ubicado en Valizas, Rocha, Uruguay, rechazó a dos turistas cuando descubrió que eran israelíes que viajaban por América Latina. Los reprendió por "las políticas de su país" y agregó: "no son bienvenidos en mi casa".

El propietario, Marcelo Piñero, había publicado en Facebook que rechazaría especialmente a los jóvenes israelíes que sirvieron en el ejército como uno de esos huéspedes, hace años, le dijo que “estaba entrenado para matar en 15 segundos". Piñero está convencido de que su comportamiento "no es discriminatorio ni antisemita"

"La condena a todo un grupo por la opinión de uno de sus miembros es la definición misma de discriminación", dijo el Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Representante del Centro Simon Wiesenthal para América Latina.

El Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director de Relaciones Internacionales del Centro declaró: "Como en otro caso reciente en Suiza, solicitaremos a Booking.com que retire este establecimiento que viola los principios antidiscriminatorios de la plataforma de reservas ... también informaremos a los 400.000 miembros de nuestra institución a través del mundo que excluyan este albergue por inapropiado, si se visita Uruguay".

El Centro valora la declaración de la Ministra de Turismo de Uruguay, Liliana Kechichian, que condena la actitud del propietario y espera el informe sobre las medidas que tomará contra este albergue de odio

Para mas informacion, por favor contactarse con el Dr. Shimon Samuels al +336 09770158 o al Dr. Ariel Gelblung al +54911 49695365.

El Centro Simon Wiesenthal es una organización judía internacional de derechos humanos que cuenta con más de 400.000 miembros. Es miembro consultivo de las Naciones Unidas, la UNESCO, la OSCE, el Consejo de Europa, la OEA y el Parlamento Latinoamericano (PARLATINO)


"After 37 years of waiting, justice delayed in this case is truly justice denied... Madam Minister, we demand an appeal and the continued detention of Hassan Diab."


Paris, 12 January 2018

In a letter to French Justice Minister, Nicole Belloubet, Wisenthal Centre Director for International Relations Dr. Shimon Samuels, chided today's Paris tribunal ruling to free Copernic Synagogue (pictured) bomber suspect from detention, on the decision of the investigating magistrates, thereby rejecting the evidence and arguments brought last summer by the magistrates of the civil parties - in the name of the victims.

Samuels had accompanied Aliza Shagrir wife of the Israeli film-maker to the corner of rue Copernic. She had entered the street of the synagogue where she met her death.

The following morning, Prime Minister Raymond Barre stated "a bomb set for Jews killed four innocent Frenchmen..."

"The bomb killed a Portuguese postman, a Chinese restaurant waiter, Aliza and 'an innocent Frenchman,' wounding 41 worshippers inside the synagogue," corrected Samuels.

In 2010, Samuels was present at the suspect's extradition hearings in Ottawa, Canada. Based on forensic evidence, Diab was finally extradited to France in 2014.

The letter stressed, "The hopes and expectations of French justice after 34 years of waiting" ... "Diab's release, effective exoneration, and probable departure from France, represent a body-blow to the survivors and victims' families... Now, after 37 years of waiting, justice delayed in this case is truly justice denied."

"The repercussions of the ruling may become a celebration for terrorism with Hassan Diab glorified as a hero. Madam Minister, we demand an appeal and the continued detention of Diab," urged the Centre.

For further information, contact Shimon Samuels on +33 609 770 158, join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent direct to your Twitter feed.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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January 11, 2018

“Such vulgar language and sentiment are inappropriate. President Trump should withdraw the statement and apologize,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Founder and Dean and Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The Rabbis were responding to President Trump’s reported statement about wanting more immigrants from places like Norway rather than from “shithole countries” like Haiti and those in Africa.

For more information, please contact the Center's Communications Department, 310-553-9036. Join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent direct to your Twitter feed.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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NEWS RELEASE

Media contacts:

Worldwide Auctioneers:
pr@worldwideauctioneers.com — 1.260.925.6789

Communications Department, Simon Wiesenthal Center:
malkin@wiesenthal.com — 1.310.553.9036

January 8, 2018


On January 17th in Arizona, Worldwide Auctioneers will present the most historically significant automobile ever offered for public sale at its annual Scottsdale Auction, when a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser Offener Tourenwagen goes under the hammer. One of just five surviving Offener Tourenwagens in private hands, this meticulously documented automobile was ordered by, built for and used by Adolf Hitler, tyrannical Chancellor of Nazi Germany and Führer of the Third Reich from 1933 to 1945. Ultimately seized by the U.S. Army in 1945, it is a definitive surviving symbol of Allied triumph over evil. The life of this “Super Mercedes” motorcar has been extensively chronicled in its accompanying documentation and across the media over the years, from its short but infamous service during the war through some seventy years beyond, where it was featured in several displays, parades and museums across the United States, and more recently within some of the world’s most significant and private collections. Having stated upon consignment that 10% of the sale price of the car would be donated to the furtherance of Holocaust education, Worldwide confirmed today that the Simon Wiesenthal Center will be the recipient of those charitable funds. The Center is an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry, preserving the memory and teaching the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust.

“Presenting such a historically momentous artifact for sale obviously comes with serious responsibilities,” said John Kruse, Worldwide Auctioneers’ Principal & Auctioneer. “After considerable thought and research, we, on behalf of the seller, are honored to confirm that 10% of proceeds generated from the sale of this significant automobile will be donated to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, for the furtherance of its mission to confront racism, anti-Semitism and hatred and its commitment to educating future generations. We believe that such lessons have enormous relevance today, both here in the U.S. and all around the globe.”

“Adolf Hitler would turn over in his grave if he knew that 10% of the sale of the car he once used to glorify Nazism was donated to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in order to eradicate it. It will strengthen our efforts to stand up to today's bigots and anti-Semites and to educate tomorrow's generations about the horrific crimes and evils committed by Hitler's Third Reich. On a daily basis, the Center is on the frontlines speaking out against haters and terrorists around the world. The Center’s Jerusalem office, which for more than forty years has tracked Nazi war criminals around the world, is currently assisting the German government in bringing to justice, new cases of members of the Nazi murder squads recently discovered living in Germany,” concluded Rabbi Hier.


Through the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s acclaimed Museum of Tolerance (MOT) in Los Angeles, more than 5.5 million visitors have been challenged to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts. The highlight of the Museum is meeting Holocaust Survivors who share their personal testimonies three times a day with visitors, students, educators and law enforcement professionals, and with people around the world via videoconference.

Unfortunately, in a few years, there will be no living Holocaust Survivors to speak in Museums. Consequently, through the Hope Lives Campaign, the MOT has begun videotaping their daily lectures so that future generations visiting the Museum will continue to be the beneficiaries of their eyewitness accounts.

The Wiesenthal Center's two-time Academy Award-winning documentary films on the Nazi Holocaust has been viewed by tens of millions of people around the world including on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and iTunes. It’s traveling exhibitions, such as, “The Courage to Remember” has been exhibited on six continents and continues to be seen by millions of people around the world from Cuba to Kenya.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

Worldwide Auctioneers is honored to be able, on behalf of the seller, to contribute to such an outstanding cause. Other parties interested in making a donation and learning more about the Center’s work and mission should contact Worldwide Auctioneers or the Simon Wiesenthal Center at 310.553.9036.
www.wiesenthal.com
http://www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter
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The Scottsdale Auction is scheduled for Wednesday January 17 at 5pm. Full details are available online at worldwideauctioneers.com or by calling 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers provides primary services to collectors of classic and vintage automobiles, including the acquisition and sale of classic motorcars at auction, appraisal, private treaty sales, collection management, estate planning and consultancy. Worldwide Auctioneers' resources and expertise also extend to the valuation and transfer of significant assets such as real estate, antiques, fine art and high quality collectibles. Along with the Scottsdale Auction, the company’s annual schedule comprises The Texas Classic Auction in Arlington in April, The Pacific Grove Auction, presented out on the Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Car Week in August and The Auburn Auction, held annually over Labor Day Weekend in Indiana, as well as stand-alone auctions of significant private collections.

 



Paris, 9th January 2018

In a letter to the French Interior Minister, Gerard Collomb, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed concern that, "This morning’s fire-bombing of the Kosher mini-market, Promo and DeStock, in the Paris suburb of Creteil, is following a pattern in the aftermath of last week’s swastika graffiti on two Kosher shops in the same city. What begins with words, then deeds, lead on to violence."

The letter noted, "We have just marked the third anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo and Kosher supermarket massacres that resulted in armed military placed outside Jewish establishments."

Samuels emphasised, "These guards then became ambulatory around the perimeter of Jewish quarters and were then withdrawn," adding, "I had requested your predecessor, Bernard Cazeneuve, to announce prior to their removal the presence of plain-clothes officers as a basic deterrent."

The Centre argued, "The Creteil antisemitic fire-bombing has brought home to us the vulnerability of our own office situated in a youth centre. It is clear that the anti-Israel attacks by French media and the spate of Jew-hatred on social media have created a poisonous atmosphere that can only add to a cycle of antisemitic violence."

Samuels pointed to the irony that, "The manager of the Creteil Kosher store in this latest attack, is a Muslim who has expressed his pain at the damage to Jewish and Muslim co-operation, built up in his almost 10 years in the job."

"Mr. Minister, a firm government reaction and renewed security program is vital to calm community concern in 2018. Creteil is another signpost to the abyss," concluded Samuels.


For further information, contact Shimon Samuels at +33 609 770 158, join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent direct to your Twitter feed.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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Simon Wiesenthal Center
Wiesenthal Center's 2017 Top Ten List Of Worst Global Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Incidents
Wiesenthal Center's 2017 Top Ten List Of Worst
Global Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Incidents

January 4, 2018

Topping the list is the “Unite The Right” rally where radicals including Klansmen, "White Nationalists", neo-Nazis and others converged on the University of Virginia, chanting “The Jews Will Not Replace Us” among other slogans.

WATCH TOP TEN VIDEO BELOW:

 


The Top 10 List also includes:
  • University campuses

  • Jew Hatred from North American Imams

  • Anti-Semitism in soccer

  • Dyke March in Chicago

See the full list at:
www.wiesenthal.com/TopTenAnti-Semitic2017


“Redeem the land of Anne Frank by ending the Dutch fiscal obscene demands on a 138 euro ($156) monthly German compensation.”

Paris, 8 January 2018

In a letter congratulating Netherland’s Interior Minister, Kaysa Ollengren, on her appointment, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage at an incomprehensible “violation of the humanitarian values ostensibly propended by the Netherlands.”

Samuels lamented that “your tax authority apparently demands a fiscal percentage of the 138 euros ($156) monthly compensation paid by Germany to 86 year old Inge Prenzlau, for her suffering as an 11 year old slave labourer.”

The letter added, “reportedly, your government coalition partner, the DGG party, has argued that a concession to Ms. Prenzlau would set a precedent,” continuing, “On the other hand, on 1 January, The Hague municipality launched a 2.6 million euro ‘moral restitution’ fund to justifiably return property taxes demanded from Jewish Holocaust survivors since the end of World War II. The City’s statement declares that: ‘Now the Municipality sees that this approach was too one-sided and showed no understanding for the suffering and horrors experienced by the Jewish community’.”

The Centre argued that “this dichotomy is redolent of the wartime contradictions between righteousness and collaboration under Nazi Occupation.”

“We urge you to redeem the land of Anne Frank by influencing your government to take the humanitarian route to ending the obscene Dutch fiscal persecution of senior citizen Inge Prenzlau,” concluded Samuels.

For further information, contact Shimon Samuels at +33 609 770 158, join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent direct to your Twitter feed.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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Wiesenthal Center Urges Finnish President To Initiate Inquiry Regarding Participation Of Finnish Waffen-SS In Murder Of Jews In Ukraine In 1941

Wiesenthal Centre Urges Booking.com to Delist Uruguayan Resort Hotel for Discrimination

Wiesenthal Centre to French Justice Minister : Freeing Copernic Synagogue Bomber Suspect is a Body-Blow for Survivors and Victims' Families

Simon Wiesenthal Center Reaction To Reported Comments By President Trump At White House Meeting

Worldwide Auctioneers confirms that ten percent of proceeds from the sale of the ex-Adolf Hitler 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser Offener Tourenwagen will be donated to the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Wiesenthal Centre to French Minister of the Interior: "Creteil Kosher Store in Fire Bombing is Another Signpost to the Abyss"

Wiesenthal Center Releases 2017 Top Ten List Of Worst Global Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Incidents

Wiesenthal Centre to Dutch Interior Minister: “Stop Fiscal Persecution of 86 Year Old Holocaust Survivor”