B’nai B’rith Helped Coordinate Events in Various Countries
(Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2020)—B’nai B’rith International, in partnership with local Jewish communities, helped coordinate events across Latin America in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Events were held in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
In Argentina, a commemoration event at the Foreign Ministry featured keynote speaker Foreign Minister Felipe Sola, who had also attended a global Holocaust remembrance ceremony with world leaders, including President Alberto Fernandez, at Yad Vashem. Solá underlined the importance of having attended the meeting in Israel, the fact that Argentina is the only full Latin American member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), and that his government is fully committed to combating discrimination and anti-Semitism.
In Chile, the event was held in the Foreign Ministry and the keynote speaker was Foreign Minister Teodoro Ribera. The Chilean Foreign Minister recognized two Chilean Righteous Among the Nations: Maria Edwards McClure and Samuel del Campo, who "saved innocents from slaughter with bravery."
In São Paulo, Brazil, hundreds of attendees crowded one of the largest synagogues to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day. Jewish organizations, including B´nai B´rith, organized the gathering, and the keynote speaker was São Paulo Gov. João Doria.
In Uruguay, Congress paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust in a special session and representatives of all political parties delivered a message. It was relevant news that on the same day, the Uruguayan government announced that Uruguay had adopted the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism.
Former President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and former Iberoamerican Secretary General Enrique Iglesias delivered a very touching speech on national radio and TV on the night of Jan 27th. He will chair a commission of experts that will develop several educational activities during 2020 all over Uruguay, teaching the history of the Shoah and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
The National Assembly of Ecuador held a special session to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The Israeli Embassy in Peru is developing a week of events together with the Jewish community.
Irene Shashar, a Holocaust survivor and the wife of former B’nai B’rith-Peru President Dani Schydlowski, delivered her moving testimony about her experiences, at the United Nations in New York Shahar noted: "I defeated Hitler; I survived."
The Nation Assembly in Panama held a special session, which was attended by B’nai B’rith-Panama President David Djemal and the Jewish community.
There is a week of events in Guatemala organized by Jewish and evangelical organizations, and the Jewish community of Venezuela held a special event with the French ambassador as keynote speaker.
The Mexican Jewish community held several events, including in both the Congressional House, and the Senate.
The Costa Rican Jewish community will commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day in February.
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit www.bnaibrith.org