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ONE PUBLIC ACTIVITY PHILANTHROPY ART Jewish Leadership Moshe Kantor has been the president of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) since 2007. He was re-elected to the position in 2008 and again in 2012, 2016 and 2020. The EJC, the largest secular organisation representing the interests of European Jewry, is an influential, international public association representing some 2.5 million Jews across the European continent in 42 national Jewish communities.

Kantor is particularly involved in Holocaust education. To enshrine in memory the tragic events of the 20th century, he founded and headed the World Holocaust Forum (WHF) and the European Jewish Fund.

As Chair of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation Kantor initiated and organized the commemoration events in Krakow, on January 27, 2005, to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The “Let My People Live!” World Forum was attended by more than 40 heads of state and official delegations.

In 2013 Kantor was elected Chairman of the Policy Council of the World Jewish Congress and reelected in 2017. In 2019 Yad Vashem nominated Dr. Kantor as Chancellor of the Council.

Moshe Kantor pays great attention to security of Jewish communities in Europe. In 2016 the EJC has opened the Security and Crisis Center (SACC) in Vienna to assess and analyse the needs in terms of security and crisis management of European Jewish communities and to assist in improving their security.

Nuclear Non-Proliferation In 2007, Moshe Kantor founded and was elected president of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, an international non-governmental organisation uniting leading world-renowned experts on nuclear non-proliferation, materials and delivery vehicles.

The Luxembourg Forum’s activities are aimed at discussing nuclear security and non-proliferation issues, as well as elaborating proposals and recommendations to politicians and diplomats regarding the reinforcement of nuclear security, fight against proliferation of nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism. It works to prevent trivialization of the nuclear threat in the modern world and aims to provide trustworthy information on the current situation in states and regions of concern (the Middle East, the Korean Peninsula and South Asia).
Tolerance & Reconciliation Kantor is actively engaged in promoting tolerance and reconciliation in Europe. In 2008, he founded the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR). The ECTR is a non-governmental organisation composed of former heads of European states, politicians and other world renowned individuals famous for their achievements in promoting tolerance.

The ECTR was established to fight xenophobia, extremism and anti-Semitism, monitor European countries’ adherence to principles of tolerance, develop practical initiatives, and make recommendations for promoting mutual understanding between cultures. The ECTR has encouraged state surveillance of citizens deemed "intolerant".
Holocaust Remembrance Forums In order to preserve historical memory of nations all over the world and preventing future tragedies, Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor founded and headed the World Holocaust Forum (WHF) in 2005.

As Chair of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation he initiated and organized a number of commemorative international Holocaust remembrance forums. Four World Forums have already been held.

The Foundation was established following the First International Holocaust Forum in Krakow, Poland, which took place on January 27, 2005 and marked the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Recognizing that the world will soon lose the last of the survivors of the Holocaust and in light of the troubling upsurge of global anti-Semitism, the World Holocaust Forum Foundation is committed to eternalizing the knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust and to foster tolerance between religions and nationalities in the aspiration of eliminating all forms of anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia.

Since then, the Forum has acquired great support from the European Union institutions and Heads of State as well as high-ranking politicians and distinguished personalities. It has become a tradition to organise the Forum on historical dates and sites related to the Holocaust.

On 26–27 January 2015, the Fourth International “Let My People Live!” Forum was held in Prague and Terezín (Czech Republic) to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, in collaboration with the President of the Czech Republic and the President of the European Parliament. The event was attended by several hundred distinguished guests, including heads of state, political leaders, members of parliament, diplomats, scholars and public figures from many countries, Auschwitz-Birkenau liberators, former prisoners of the concentration camps and Holocaust survivors. Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor, as President of the European Jewish Congress and World Holocaust Forum Foundation was the leader and organiser of the project.
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PHILANTHROPY PUBLIC ACTIVITY PHILANTHROPY ART Dr Kantor’s philanthropic activities are wide-reaching. He is a Trustee and Life President of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Patron and Honorary Life President of the Kantor King Solomon High School, Patron of the Community Security Trust, Patron of Jewish Care, Vice-President of the Jewish Leadership Council and Ambassador of Royal National Institute of Blind People. He also personally funded the rebuilding of a nursing home in Russia’s Novgorod Region, which had been destroyed in a fire that tragically killed 37 patients. Acutely aware of the sinister resurgence of antisemitism in Europe and beyond, Dr Kantor founded the Kantor Centre for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry in Tel Aviv University and the Moshe Kantor Database for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism in 2010. This was the year he was nominated as a Member of the Directorate at Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, where he has served as the Chancellor of the Council since 2019.

His philanthropic interests, which he pursues through the UK-registered Kantor Charitable Foundation and the internationally focused Kantor Foundation, extend to eradicating intolerance, xenophobia, racism and antisemitism through educating and nurturing youth, as well as supporting education, medical causes and young people’s mental health.
European Jewish Fund Kantor’s involvement in promoting Jewish life also extends to being the key founder and chairman of the European Jewish Fund (EJF), which focuses on promoting Jewish life throughout Europe by supporting programmes to reinforce Jewish identity and Jewish pride, especially by re-connecting young people with their rich and vital Jewish heritage. Anna Freud Center Kantor is a trustee and Life President of the Anna Freud Centre (London, UK). He is actively supporting the organization in its groundbreaking work for children, young people and their families who are experiencing mental health issues. Kantor King Solomon High School Kantor is patron and Honorary Life President of Kantor King Solomon High School (London, UK). Kantor is actively supporting the development of the school which is a leading Jewish Comprehensive school based in Redbridge. Yad Vashem Over several years, Kantor has been a donor to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes’ Authority.
In January 2019, Yad Vashem nominated Dr. Kantor as Chancellor of the Council.
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ART PUBLIC ACTIVITY PHILANTHROPY ART Museum of Avant-Garde Mastery Kantor serves as the president of the Museum of Avant-Garde Mastery (MAGMA), founded in 2001 in Moscow on his initiative. The Museum contains the world’s largest and most important collection of 20th Century Russian avant-garde art.

The movement flourished in the former Soviet Union from approximately 1890 to 1930 and united such artists as Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine and Mark Rothko.

Awards & Honours

2018 Keys of the city of Florence 2016 Order of Honour, Russia 2015 Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, France 2014 Grand Cross of the National Order For Merit, Romania 2013 The Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Italy 2012 Chevalier of the National Order of the Legionof Honour, France 2009 Order of Leopold, Belgium

Dear Friends,

“Throughout history the Jews have stayed united as a people against all the odds because of our commitment to education, our ability to show leadership and our steadfast refusal to abandon our Jewish identify.

We need to limit our tolerance against those who reject the principals of tolerance, freedom and democracy. We must apply legislation based on the idea of secure tolerance. We cannot fight anti-Semitism as if it is just a Jewish problem. Hatred and intolerance are society’s problems and society, led by our elected leaders should lead the fight against them.

As it says in the Talmud – Kol Yisrael arevim zeh bazeh: All of the Jewish people are responsible for each other.”

Regards,

Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor