LISTEN: Hijacking the Holocaust for Putin, Politics and Power

On the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the liberation of Auschwitz, world leaders descend on Jerusalem for a controversial Holocaust conference. Russia's Putin will be there, but Poland is staying away. LISTEN FREE

Holocaust survivor Szmul Icek shows his Auschwitz prison number, 117568, on his arm, during a photo session at his home in Jerusalem on December 8, 2019.
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On today's show, host Simon Spungin, Haaretz's history correspondent, Ofer Aderet, and Anshel Pfeffer discuss the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, which will take place this week in Jerusalem to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Who is organizing the event, why did Poland's president decry the decision not to allow him to address the gathering and why will Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been accused of adopting a revisionist attitude toward World War II history, be giving a speech?

Hijacking the Holocaust for Putin, politics and powerHaaretz Weekly Ep. 57

A toxic mixture of internecine wrangling between Jewish organizations, a two-year spat between Israel and Poland and a rising tide of global anti-Semitism threaten to turn this solemn occasion into a battleground for petty politics and power plays.

Recommended related reading:

The Dirty Politics Behind Israel's Capitulation to Putin's WWII Revisionism // Ofer Aderet

Polish President Says Holocaust Memorial Ceremony Shouldn't Happen at Israel's Yad Vashem // Ofer Aderet

How Putin's Man Made His Way to the Top of European Jewry // Anshel Pfeffer

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