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New Post – 16 January 2014

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy New Year.  I was in Washington in mid-January to attend the Association of Holocaust Organizations’ (AHO) Winter Seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  AHO was created in 1985 to advance Holocaust education, remembrance and research. I am grateful to Dr. William L. Shulman for inviting me to speak at the event.  Bill, as we know him best in IHRA, has been president of the AHO for the last twenty-five years and was one of the original founders of the AHO. 

While in Washington, I had an opportunity to speak with Ira Forman, US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.  Ira heads the Office to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, which is a part of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Affairs (DRL) at the United States Department of State.  He succeeded Hannah Rosenthal, who served in the post from November 23, 2009 to October 5, 2012.

In Canada, we will be marking Raoul Wallenberg Day to commemorate his disappearance on January 17, 1945. Wallenberg Day was designated by the Government of Canada in 2001 to honour Wallenberg, Canada’s first honorary citizen, who is credited with saving the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews.  His righteous heroism is a legacy and inspiration for all Canadians and to the world.

I am off to Poland next to attend the IHRA Symposium on Killing Sites in Krakow.