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WJC President Lauder: Holding the Maccabi Games in Hitler's Stadium is a 'Triumph of Good Over Evil'

BERLIN, World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder told Jewish athletes competing in the European Maccabi Games today that the global Jewish athletic competition at Berlin’s Olympic Park, which was built by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympic Games, represented “a triumph of good over evil.”

“Here we are, 70 years since the concentration camps were liberated and the true horror of the Nazis was realized, at the stadium Hitler built, to celebrate the Jewish European Maccabi Games,” Lauder said at a reception at the Olympic Park ahead of tonight’s opening ceremony.

He thanked Maccabi Germany, Maccabi Europe and the German government for organizing the games: “For those who say this is not the right place to hold these games, I say, to the contrary, this is exactly where these games should be held. This place, this stadium, is where these games should be held. It is said that the best way to overcome a terrible event is to go back to where it happened, to show yourself that you can return, and to prove to everyone that you can endure and move on.”

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière last week recognized the significance of the competition taking place at the very place where the Olympic Games in 1936 took place and from which German Jewish athletes were excluded.

Some 2,000 Jewish athletes from 36 countries will compete in 19 sports in the coming days. Lauder wished them good luck and added: “And remember, while it is great to win, you have already won just by being here, by representing your people with courage and strength, by being proud of your ancient heritage, and for giving us all hope for the future.”

The first European Maccabi Games were held in Prague in 1929, but soon after, with the rise of Nazism Jewish sports associations were banned. The games were reinstated in 1969 and are held every four years, alternating with the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
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Diary of Hitler aide resurfaces in United States

Rosenberg, a Nazi Reich minister who was convicted at Nuremberg and hanged in 1946, hand-wrote his recollections from spring 1936 to winter 1944

WJC, The long lost diary of Alfred Rosenberg, a crony of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler who helped exterminate millions of Jews during World War II, has surfaced in an upstate New York home. According to media reports it promises new insights into dealings between top Nazi officials and specific information about the looting of Jewish-owned art. Some 400 pages from the ‘Rosenberg Diary’ could offer new details about meetings Rosenberg had with Hitler and other Nazi leaders, including Heinrich Himmler and Herman Göring. The pages also include details about the German occupation of the Soviet Union and chilling plans for the slaughter of Jews and other Eastern Europeans. The diary vanished after the war crimes trials, and only recently turned up in papers held by a one-time secretary to a Nuremburg prosecutor.
"The documentation is of considerable importance for the study of the Nazi era, including the history of the Holocaust," according to the assessment, prepared by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. "A cursory content analysis indicates that the material sheds new light on a number of important issues relating to the Third Reich's policy. The diary will be an important source of information to historians that compliments, and in part contradicts, already known documentation."
Rosenberg, a Nazi Reich minister who was convicted at Nuremberg and hanged in 1946, hand-wrote his recollections from spring 1936 to winter 1944, according to the museum's analysis. Among the insights into the German high command are details about the crisis caused by Rudolf Hess's flight to to Britain in 1941, and the looting of art throughout Europe, the news agency 'Reuters' reported.
The recovery will be announced this week at a news conference in Delaware held jointly by officials from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Justice and Holocaust museum.
Rosenberg directed the Nazi party's foreign affairs department, edited the Nazi newspaper and directed the systematic Nazi looting of Jewish art, cultural and religious property throughout Europe. Several memos he wrote directly to Hitler were entered into evidence at Nuremberg.
A Nuremberg prosecutor, Robert Kempner, was long suspected of smuggling the diary back to the US. Indeed, Kempner cited a few Rosenberg diary excerpts in his memoir, and when he died in 1993, legal disputes about his papers raged for nearly a decade between his children, his former secretary, a local contractor and the Holocaust museum.
The Holocaust museum has gone on to recover more than 150,000 documents, papers held by Kempner's former secretary, who by 1999 had moved into the New York state home of an academic named Herbert Richardson. The Rosenberg Diary, however, remained missing.

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Lauder: March of the Living proves 'Hitler did not win'

 

Lauder told the gathering: "Seeing so many young people from around the world - both Jewish and of many other faiths and backgrounds - fills me with a feeling of hope for the future of the Jewish people and hope for all humanity"


World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder was among the leaders of this year's March of the Living at the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz. An estimated 11,000 people from dozens of countries, most of them under the age of 25, participated. The marchers walked the three-kilometer (1.9 mile) distance from the former Auschwitz concentration camp (StammlagerI) to Birkenau, where 1.1 million Jews were systematically murdered in gas chambers by the Nazis during World War II.
There, Lauder told the gathering: "Seeing so many young people from around the world - both Jewish and of many other faiths and backgrounds - fills me with a feeling of hope for the future of the Jewish people and hope for all humanity. Auschwitz symbolizes the depths humanity can reach - but every time young people like yourselves make their way to these tear soaked grounds, listen to the stories of survivors, and pledge to build a better world, I know with certainty, one thing: Hitler did not win."
Lauder condemned the growing tide of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment and ended his speech with 'Am Yisrael Chai'.
The march traditionally takes place annually on Yom HaShoah, Israel's Holocaust remembrance day. This year's edition marked the event's 25th anniversary. Israel's delegation was led by IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz.
More than 150,000 people have participated in the March of the Living over the past years. On Monday, participants from 42 countries came to the sites; most of them between the ages of 16 and 21. For many it was the first time that they wee directly confronted with places of the Nazi genocide.
Ahead of the March of the Living, Israel's President Shimon Peres had sent a message to the participants: "There are marches which are measured by the length of the journey, there are marches which are measured by time. You came on a march which cannot be compared, it is a march from the lowest point to the highest peak. The lowest point is the actions of the Nazis. There was no atrocity like it in history," Peres said.

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