KRAKOW, 27 JANUARY 2010
The third “Let My People Live!” International Forum to mark the day 65 years ago when the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was held in Krakow, Poland, on January 27, 2010. The Forum was organised by the European Jewish Congress, the World Holocaust Forum Foundation and Yad Vashem – the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority.
The third “Let My People Live!” Forum was held under the honorary patronage of President of Poland Lech Kaczyński, President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek and the first Permanent President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy.
The Forum was the first step in a series of events scheduled for 2010 to celebrate victory in World War II. It has become an important political platform to remind the world and draw public attention to the unprecedented joint efforts of anti-Hitler coalition to save Europe from Nazism.
The Third International Forum was attended by nearly 100 deputies from the European Parliament led by Jerzy Buzek, other representatives of European institutions and official delegations from all over the world. Auschwitz-Burkenau liberators Ivan Martynushkin and Yakov Vinnichenko were the Forum’s guests of honour.
President of the European Jewish Congress Viatcheslav Kantor, President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, Chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Yad Vashem Chairman Rabbi Meir Lau, and President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder all addressed the forum in person.
U.S. President Barack Obama and President of France Nicolas Sarkozy sent recorded messages to the Forum’s participants, calling on the international community to remember the tragedies of the past and saying that their memory should determine today’s policies.
In conclusion Viatcheslav Kantor voiced an initiative to establish a Pan-European University of Global Security and Tolerance designed to study each case of intolerance and seek to integrate human experience and create a classification for such instances.