On 24 October, a panel on the promotion and preservation of Jewish heritage was held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. This panel was organized by the the Delegation of Spain to UNESCO, UNESCO, the World Jewish Congress and CRIF, on the occasion of Spain’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the frame of the International Meeting of the Special Envoys and Coordinators Combating Antisemitism (SECCA) forum.
AEPJ Director Victor Sorenssen participated as one of the speakers, together with Sara Lustig, Co-Chair of the Croatian International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Presidency, and Jaime Moreno Bau, Director, Centro Sefarad Israel.
The openings remarks were given by Lazare Eloundou Assomo Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Maram Stern, Executive Vice President, World Jewish Congress, and León Saltiel, Director of Diplomacy and Representative to UNESCO, World Jewish Congress, who acted as moderator.
The panel offered an interesting variety of perspectives and examples of best practices in the field of Jewish heritage, with a special focus on the role that it can play in combating anti-Semitism in the current European context. The conflict in the Middle East was also discussed, as well as its effects on the growing anti-Semitism in Europe. All panelists agreed on the importance of cooperative and multidisciplinary work in order to achieve a greater impact in the field of Jewish culture and heritage. We would like to thank the World Jewish Congress for inviting us to participate in this first class panel.