February 03, 2008

European Jewish leader warns against neo-Nazi phenomenon in Europe

It is still our father's Europe. From EJP:

Speaking at a special commemoration organized Monday evening in the European Parliament 's Yehudi Menuhin Hall on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Kantor said:

"There are more neo-Nazis than Jews today in Europe."

Kantor, who lost half of his family in the Shoah or Holocaust in Ukraine, deplored the "trivialization" of the neo-Nazi phenomenon and warned that "lessons of history have not been learned."

"We should not allow things to be repeated," he added, in the presence of the president of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Poettering. Poettering, who is a German Christian-Democrat politician, stressed the absolute need “never to forget these dark pages of history.” “We must never forget. Preserving memory is an ethical and political duty,” he added.

Kantor is the founder of the World Holocaust Forum, an international foundation for the commemoration of the Holocaust and its lessons.

Also attending the ceremony, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Majalli Whbee spoke of a revival of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in the world, and called Ahmadinejad the “heir of the Nazis.” “One day he will also threaten the European countries like Hitler did,” he added.

“As an Israeli Druze, I am shocked to hear people denying the Holocaust and accusing Israeli leaders of being ‘Nazis.”, Whbee, who had talks Monday in the European Parliament, said.

In November 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated 27 January as annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. The day marks the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz, on 27 January 1945.