FEBRUARY 8, 2018 – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft joined more than 1.2 million active participants in the World Jewish Congress’ #WeRemember campaign, a social media initiative to combat anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred, genocide, and xenophobia.
Participants in the largest Holocaust commemoration event in the world included United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, dozens of ambassadors from around the world, and Holocaust survivors.
“Around the world today, anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, and hatred of others continue to rear their ugly heads,” said World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder. “We must remember because there are fewer and fewer survivors among us, and within just a few decades, all will have passed. We must remember because ‘never again’ seems to happen again and again. It is now the responsibility of the younger generation to teach their friends about the horrors of hatred, and to spread the message that never again must mean never again.”
As part of the campaign, the WJC has reached out to millions of people across the world to photograph themselves holding a #WeRemember sign and post the image to social media to help spread the message.
Other participants included Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Justice Minister Heiko Maas, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the Massachusetts State Legislature, First Lady Melania Trump, US Congressmen, and prominent football teams from Israel and Europe.
The CEOs of Volkswagen, Siemens, and BMW – three German companies that collaborated with the Nazis during World War II – also have posted their photos and shared the message against anti-Semitism.
The campaign is currently active in 50 countries and in 24 languages, including Chinese and Arabic.