In Evian, France, an international conference was held July 11, in remembrance of the July 1938, conference on the topic of assisting the Jewish refugees in Europe, the failure of which, despite the presence of all the allies and before a multitude of journalists and other observers, had allowed Hitler to implement his final solution for the extermination of the Jews.
Only one country present at the conference, the Dominican Republic, offered to accept Jewish refugees.
This meeting, organized by the Sosua75 organization on the 80th anniversary of the original conference, took place at the Royal Hotel in Evian, on the premises of the initial conference.
Participants from France, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Dominican Republic heard contributions from academics, historians, writers, filmmakers, institutional leaders and international and elected representatives.
Attendees discussed and analyzed the causes of the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and the United States and studied the various scenarios that are unfolding around the world concerning refugees, the success of populism and the phenomena of exclusion and xenophobia.
B'nai B'rith France was represented, at the request of its President Philippe Meyer, by its General Secretary Albert Lipkowicz, who has been active in B’nai B’rith and in political and charitable fields.
In his speech, Lipkowicz was particularly interested in describing the situation today of Jews in France in the face of the growth of Islamism and recalled the recent actions of B'nai B'rith France in noting community withdrawal, and speaking against increased anti-Semitic acts and attempts to delegitimize Israel.