Simon Wiesenthal Center

Objectives and Mission: 

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The Centre confronts important contemporary issues including racism, anti-Semitism, terrorism and genocide and is accredited as an NGO also at the United Nations. With a membership of over 400,000 families, the Centre is headquartered in Los Angeles and maintains offices in New York (United States of America), Toronto (Canada), Miami (United States of America), Jerusalem (Israel), Paris (France) and Buenos Aires (Argentina). Established in 1977, the Centre closely interacts on an ongoing basis with a variety of public and private agencies, meeting with elected officials, the United States and foreign governments, diplomats and heads of state. Other issues that the Centre deals with include: the prosecution of Nazi war criminals; Holocaust and tolerance education; Middle East Affairs; and extremist groups, neo-Nazism, and hate on the Internet.

General description: 

Drawing the lessons of the Holocaust to the analysis of contemporary forms of racism, prejudice and discrimination.  Monitoring hate on the internet and in sport.  Inter-faith relations.  Documentary film production.  Multicultural training of law enforcement and educators at the Center’s museums of Tolerance, Los Angeles and New York.

Field of Interest: 
History, Holocaust, Human rights, Racism, Radio, Tolerance