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19 November 2017 - 1 Kislev 5778 - א' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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WJC publishes new book chronicling its 80-year history E-mail
A new book chronicling the history of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) has been released and is now available for purchase on Amazon.

The World Jewish Congress, 936-2016 details the dramatic diplomatic efforts and achievements of this pre-eminent international Jewish organisation, from its founding in Geneva 80 ears ago to the present.

In his foreword, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder wrote: “This book reminds us not only what the WJC did in the past, but why the Jewish people need this vital organisation now more than ever and will continue to need it in the future.”

Among the episodes chronicled in the anthology are the WJC’s multifaceted rescue efforts during the years of the Holocaust; its pioneering role in crafting the groundbreaking Jewish-Catholic dialogue that fundamentally and profoundly changed the relationship between the Jewish people and the Vatican; its role in providing invaluable assistance to the prosecutors at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg; its high-level diplomatic negotiations that enabled Jews from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria to emigrate to Israel, France and elsewhere during the 1950s and 1960s; its exposure of Kurt Waldheim’s Nazi past, and its leadership of the international efforts to force Swiss banks to disgorge more than one billion dollars they had wrongfully withheld from Jewish Holocaust victims and their heirs.
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