World Jewish Congress

WJC to honour Helen Mirren for looted-art movie Woman in Gold

By Rosa Doherty, May 13, 2015

Academy award winning actress Helen Mirren is to receive the World Jewish Congress Recognition award for her role in the acclaimed film Woman in Gold.

Dame Helen played Maria Aultmann, an Austrian American woman who won a legal battle against the Austrian government to reclaim six looted art works by Gustav Klimt that were stolen from her family.


Museum 'risks lawsuits' over looted art gift

By Toby Axelrod, November 6, 2014

Ronald Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress, has warned a museum in Switzerland against accepting the collection it inherited from reclusive German art collector Cornelius Gurlitt, who died in May this year.

In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine published Saturday, Mr Lauder said the Kunstmuseum in Bern would risk "opening Pandora's box, triggering an avalanche of lawsuits".

Mr Laud


WJC president calls on British Jewry in fight against boycott

By Charlotte Oliver, April 9, 2014

World Jewish Congress (WJC) president Ronald Lauder has urged British Jewry to increase its fight against the worldwide BDS movement, calling such work “an honour” for the community.


WJC urges UN to drop its 'anti-Israel obsession'

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2014

The World Jewish Congress today called on the United Nations to drop its “anti-Israel bias”.

The advocacy group urged the UN Human Rights Council to stop singling out Israel for criticism and reform its approach to the Middle East conflict.


Global Jewish leader Edgar Bronfman dies peacefully

By Rosa Doherty, December 22, 2013

Philanthropist and Jewish communal leader Edgar Bronfman has died, aged 84.

The former president of the World Jewish Congress is thought to have died peacefully at his home in New York, with his family beside him.


Swiss banks ‘handed out £800m to Shoah victims and heirs’

By Josh Jackman, July 16, 2013

Holocaust survivors and victims’ heirs have reportedly been paid more than £800 million by a Swiss fund created after banks were accused of withholding money from Jews.

According to Tachles, a Swiss-Jewish magazine, 457,000 Jews have been compensated since a settlement was made in 1998 between the World Jewish Congress and Swiss banks.


Orban talks... as Jobbik walks

By Adam Lebor, May 9, 2013

Viktor Orban, the Hungarian Prime Minister, strongly condemned antisemitism and pledged to honour the memory of Holocaust victims at the World Jewish Congress, which met in Budapest last weekend, but failed to criticise the far-right Jobbik party, the third largest in parliament.


Hungarian PM pledges to stop far-right protests ahead of WJC meeting

By Zoe Winograd, May 1, 2013

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has banned protests against the World Jewish Congress plenary assembly, due to take place in Budapest next week.


World Jewish Congress compares Golden Dawn to the Nazis

By Anna Sheinman, March 28, 2013

The World Jewish Congress has compared a boycott of Jewish cosmetic firms by Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn to actions of the German Nazi government, further escalating a spat between the two organisations.


World Jewish Congress names fourth secretary general in six years

By Anna Sheinman, January 28, 2013

World Jewish Congress has named London based Robert Singer, director general of World Ort, as its fourth secretary general in under six years.

The WJC is an international organisation which represents Jewish communities and organisations in over 100 countries.