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27th Anniversary of Srebrenica Massacre

Thousands of people from Bosnia-Herzegovina and around the world have descended on Srebrenica for the 27th anniversary of Serbian massacre

Serbian forces summarily executed more than 8,000 Bosnian men and boys. About 100,000 people, including women and children died during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war.

Families of 50 recently identified victims will rebury their loved ones after almost three decades of searching through the mass graves scattered around the eastern Bosnian town.

The Srebrenica massacre is Europe’s only acknowledged genocide since the Holocaust and is the only one legally defined as such by many countries and two United Nations courts.

A special U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague found Bosnian Serb wartime president Radovan Karadzic and his military commander, Ratko Mladic, guilty of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in Srebrenica and eventually extended their initial long-term prison sentences to life imprisonment.

The tribunal and courts in the Balkan countries have sentenced about 50 Bosnian Serb wartime officials to more than 700 years in prison for the Srebrenica killings.

Leaders of Serb Republic of Bosnia, or Republika Srpska, however, continue to downplay or even deny the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and hail Karadzic and Mladic as national heroes.


Anniversary of pogrom in Jedwabne

On 10 July 1941, soon after the Soviet forces’ withdrawal and after the German troops entered the North-East Polish town of Jedwabne, the local Polish people began to gather the Jews from the town and the surrounding area in the town square. The Jews were publicly humiliated, and several were killed. A few dozens, including the rabbi Avigdor Bialostocki, were then selected to destroy a Lenin’s monument nearby. The group was then led to an earlier prepared mass grave in a barn where they were murdered and buried together with the Lenin’s bust. The remaining several hundred Jews were led to the same barn. They were doused with diesel before the barn was locked and set on fire. The mass murder was committed by several dozens of local people with many more witnessing it. The German forces in town didn’t take an active part in the pogrom, but they have most likely encouraged it in the spirit of Reinhardt Heydrich’s doctrine about encouraging local populations to take part in pogroms.


Anniversary of the Kielce pogrom

Jewish pogrom in Kielce took place 76 years ago. The persecutors of their Jewish neighbours were Poles, and the tragic events took place in Poland just liberated from Nazi occupation.

The events known today as the “Kielce pogrom” took place primarily in the building at Planty 7/9 street, where about 200 people lived and where offices of Jewish institutions (Jewish committee, congregation, Kibbutz Zionist party Ichud, etc) were located.  Pogroms of the Jewish population were also reported in other locations in Kielce, as well as on trains passing through the city on that.

40 people were murdered during the Kielce pogrom (including three Polish nationals). Two people were murdered on Leonard Street. 35 people were injured.


World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.


Meeting with Ambassador of Israel

Ambassador of Israel Yacov Livne hosted a discussion on a forum of organizations combating anti-Semitism & other forms of xenophobia, an important challenge which mustn’t be neglected.

Participated in the meeting: Paula Sawicka and Marek Gumkowski (Open Republic Association), Anna Tatar (Never Again Association), Sebastian Rejak (American Jewish Congress) and Bogdan Białek (The Jan Karski Society).


International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

17 May was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990. The day aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. LGBTQ+ rights are human rights that still need to be defended.


Warsaw Great Synagogue projection – Outdoor Light and Sound Projection in Siegen 2021

The Virtual Reconstruction of the Warsaw Great Synagogue is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and was projected for the first time in Warsaw 2017.

May our love and memory overcome destruction and death.

Projected in Siegen (Germany) on the exterior wall of the Bunker on November 9, 2021. The Siegen synagogue stood on this property from 1904 until 1939/40.


Appeal to the Communities and Leaders of the European Union, USA and Canada

24 March marks one month since the barbaric invasion of Russia on Ukraine had begun. Ukraine is resisting Russia’s militarily aggression with determination, showing extraordinary military skills. In Ukraine, hundreds of children, women, elderly and people with disabilities are dying under the bombs and shelling of Russian barbarians. Ukrainian soldiers are dying, as well as men and women who joined the Territorial Defence units, fighting with devotion and belief in their right to own country. Putin, overcome with the desire to annihilate Ukraine as a state, after a failed attempt to conquer Ukraine within 48 hours, ordered the bombing of residential areas, schools, kindergartens, hospitals, including maternity hospitals.

The symbol of Russian obstinacy is the siege of Mariupol, now referred to as the ‘new Aleppo’. The civilian population of the town is treated like hostages. 400 thousand inhabitants – for already four weeks – are deprived of water, heating, gas, medicines and medical supplies. The ‘corridors of life’ – that have been negotiated by the parties at war – from Mariupol, and other cities, are being shelled by the Russian military.