April 19, 2023

The Sound of the Siren: Commemorative Reflection on the History of the Holocaust and the Rise of Global Antisemitism

Antisemitism has been on the rise around the world over the past several years. A study by Tel Aviv University last year identified the U.S., Canada, the UK, Germany and Australia as among the countries experiencing a sharp increase in antisemitic events, energized by radical political movements and intensified by social media. The relentless rise of antisemitic hatred requires documentation lest we forget the atrocities of the past. This panel features experts, Holocaust survivors and advocates who work in the realm of battling Holocaust Denial. This event shares three recent reports (one from the European Affairs Committee) of the New York City Bar Association, which address the antisemitic conspiracy theory, Holocaust Denial and Distortion and the rise of Antisemitism in Western and Eastern Europe.

Yehudit Barsky
, Middle Eastern Counterterrorism Analyst and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy; Member, Middle Eastern and Northern African Affairs Committee
Daniel E. Karson, Chair, Subcommittee on Antisemitism, European Affairs Committee, New York City Bar Association
Karl Jacob Fisher, related to a family of Holocaust Survivors, Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department, United Nations Committee. New York City Bar Association
Asya Shindelman, Holocaust Survivor, United Nations Speaker 
Sami Steigmann, Holocaust Survivor and motivational speaker from Israel, of the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center
Scott Richman, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League
Rabbi David A. Schwartz, Of Counsel, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Chair-Elect of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association; Talmud Teacher at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale – The Bayit; President of PORAT
Angel Angelov, Consul General of Bulgaria in New York
Yfat Barak-Cheney, Director of International Affairs and Director of Technology and Human Rights at the World Jewish Congress
Professor Bjorn Gruenwald, Holocaust Survivor

Sophia Murashkovsky Romma
, Ph.D., Antisemitism/Extremism Fellow at Human Rights First/Legal Writing Specialist of the Graduate Writing Center at Touro University, Co-Chair, United Nations Committee, New York City Bar Association

Sponsoring Committees:
United Nations, Catherine Van Kampen, Ervin Nina and Sophia Murashkovsky Romma, Co-Chairs
European Affairs, Jonathan Halpern, Chair
Middle Eastern and North African Affairs, Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong and Robert Eli Michael, Co-Chairs 
International Human Rights, Ramya Jawahar Kudekallu, Chair 

Co-Sponsoring Committee: 
Council on International Affairs, Mark A. Meyer, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
Touro University Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
The International Association of the Lions Clubs
Seton Hall University Law School 
New Jersey State Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association International Law Section - Women’s Interest Network
The Garden of the Avant-Garde Film and Theatrical Foundation 
Bank of America

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