The fight against Antisemitism and the ongoing battle against Holocaust denial and trivialisation are one of the central objectives of March of the Living.
“We were convinced antisemitism perished here [in Auschwitz-Birkenau]. Antisemitism did not perish here. Its victims perished here,” said Elie Wiesel on Yom HaShoah 1990 during the International March of the Living in Poland.
Sadly, Elie Wiesel’s eloquent words, shared with March of the Living participants over three decades ago, are no less true today. They are more relevant than ever as antisemitism, Holocaust denial and trivialization, as well as the demonization of Israel, regularly dominate news cycles and give rise to a grave sense of insecurity among Jewish communities around the world. Only by acknowledging the reality of the past, and committing to heeding the lessons of the Holocaust, can we hope to build a world safe for all humanity, free of antisemitism and all forms of racism, bigotry, hatred and intolerance. With fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors able to share their story, there is a universal fear that history will re-write itself: “When there are no longer Holocaust survivors on earth, Holocaust deniers will sprout up like mushrooms” worries Israeli survivor Aliza Landau. And as the words of Auschwitz survivor Henry Appel so succinctly remind us: “There is only one thing worse than Auschwitz itself … and that is if the world forgets there was such a place.”
HISTORY IS UNDER ATTACK:
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Join the Global Call to Treat Holocaust Distortion as Hate Speech
Holocaust trivialization desecrates the memory of the victims of the Nazi genocide and fuels contemporary antisemitism. The time is now to stand together against this rising trend and stop the spread of hate before it is too late.
There were 478 antisemitic incidents recorded across Australia in the twelve-month period from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022.
In 2022 there was a collective 6.9% increase in the overall number of reported antisemitic incidents, compared to the previous year (2021) which had 35% increase over the number of recorded incidents in 2020.
The average number of reported antisemitic incidents each year from 2013 to 2021 was 298. As such, the total number of reported incidents in 2022 is above that average by 180 incidents.
**These figures are derived from the
Report on Antisemitism in Australia 2022, published by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.