Fashion Designer John Galliano to Appear at Jewish Event

Appearance will be a step towards rehabilitation for Galliano, who was sacked by Chistian Dior four years ago after an anti-Semitic rant in a Paris bar.

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Fashion designer John Galliano, who was sacked by Christian Dior four years ago after he went on an anti-Semitic rant, is to speak at the launch of a Jewish learning program in London, the Jewish Chronicle reports.

Galliano will be the featured guest at the opening session of a new program called Connect, organized by three West End synagogues and designed to bring “Jews and Jewish learning back into the West End" of London.

He lost his job at Christian Dior in 2011 after an anti-Semitic diatribe in a Paris bar, during which he declared, “I love Hitler” and told two women that their mothers and “forefathers would all be gassed.”

A video surfaced shortly after showing Galliano making similar comments at the same bar about a year before.

His appearance at the event, which is sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate of United Kingdom Jewry, will mark a further step in his rehabilitation within the Jewish community.

Prominent London rabbi Barry Marcus has befriended Galliano and helped him repair his relations with the Jewish community.

“As a human being, as a Jew, as a rabbi, as a humanist, I’m almost duty-bound to open the door to somebody who wants to make amends,” Marcus said last month.