VIATCHESLAV MOSHE KANTOR
In 2006 Kantor founded the European Jewish Fund (EJF), which focuses on promoting Jewish life throughout Europe by supporting educational and leadership programmes aimed at reinforcing Jewish identity, culture and traditions, especially by re-connecting people with their rich and vital Jewish heritage.
Married to: Anna Kantor
Children: 4 sons and a daughter
President: European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation
Chairman: European Jewish Fund
President: International Luxembour Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe
Founder & President: World Holocaust Forum
Chairman: World Jewish Congress Policy Council
Chancellor of the Council: Yad Vashem
In 1981 he was awarded a PhD in Sciences with a specialization in Spacecraft Automatic Control Systems.
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.
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).
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".
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.
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.
In January 2019, Yad Vashem nominated Dr. Kantor as Chancellor of the Council.
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.
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“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.”