At least 36 world leaders, among them three monarchs and Russian President Vladimir Putin, will be in Israel’s capital on January 22-23 for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum (WHF).
Not since the 2016 funeral of Israel’s ninth president Shimon Peres have so many global politicians come to Jerusalem at the one time.
At least 36 world leaders, among them three monarchs and Russian President Vladimir Putin, will be in Israel’s capital on January 22-23 for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum (WHF) marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army.
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Previous gatherings of the WHF, which was founded in 2005 by Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, were held in Europe. The first, held in Krakow, Poland, was attended by official delegations led by their heads of state, one of who was Putin. The second was in Kiev, Ukraine, and was attended by more than 1,000 people from 60 countries. The third was again in Krakow, a city that happens to be not far from Auschwitz, and the fourth was held in Prague and Terezin in the Czech Republic.
At a media briefing at the President’s Residence on Wednesday, Kantor said that he was particularly pleased that the fifth gathering of the WHF will take place in Jerusalem.
The event, organized by the State of Israel, Yad Vashem and WHF, is being held under the auspices of President Reuven Rivlin who will host a state dinner for the visiting dignitaries on January 22. Together with German President Frank Walter Steinmeier, he will deliver a keynote address at Yad Vashem on January 23.