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:
Act Against Holocaust Trivialization
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 490 antisemitic incidents recorded across Australia in the 2021 calendar year.
In 2021 there was a collective 38% increase in the number of reported incidents involving abuse/harassment, graffiti, stickers/posters and vandalism.
The single highest category of antisemitic incident reported was abusive behaviour at 424 incidents. Further, there were 29 incidents of damage and desecration, 20 threats, 10 assaults, and 7 incidents of antisemitic literature.
**These figures are derived from the
Community Security Group Analysis of Reported Antisemitic Incidents in Australia in 2021,
published by the Community Security Group on its website.