Dr. Moshe Kantor
Dr. Moshe Kantor is a prominent public figure, international philanthropist and scientist who has served as the President of the European Jewish Congress since 2007. He is known worldwide for his fight against antisemitism, racism, neo-Nazism, negationism and intolerance. The prosperity, freedom and security of the Jewish people are his first priorities. Under his leadership, EJC has become a universal recognised unified voice of European Jews.
In 2005, Moshe Kantor founded the World Holocaust Forum Foundation (WHF), established to support Holocaust remembrance activities for the sake of preserving the historical memory of nations all over the world and preventing future tragedies. The same year, he initiated and organised, in partnership with WHF, the first “Let My People Live!” International Forum in Krakow, Poland, to mark 60 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Since then, the Forum has acquired great support from the European Union institutions and Heads of State as well as high-ranking politicians and distinguished personalities. It has become a tradition to organise the Forum on historical dates and sites related to the Shoah. The Fourth “Let My People Live!” International Forum was organised in 2015 in Prague and Theresienstadt, Czech Republic, in collaboration with the President of the Czech Republic and the President of the European Parliament.
In 2006 Kantor founded the European Jewish Fund (EJF), which focuses on promoting Jewish life throughout Europe by supporting educational and leadership programmes aimed at reinforcing Jewish identity, culture and traditions, especially by re-connecting people with their rich and vital Jewish heritage.
The International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe founded by Moshe Kantor in 2007 is today the largest non-governmental expert institution of its kind uniting leading world-renowned specialists on non-proliferation of nuclear arms, materials and delivery vehicles.
Moshe Kantor is also the founder and president of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR). Created in 2008, ECTR is a non-governmental organisation composed of former European Heads of State, Nobel Peace Prize laureates and other world-renowned individuals for their achievements in promoting tolerance. From 2008 until 2014, ECTR was co-chaired by Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former President of Poland. Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has assumed this position since 2015. The ECTR was established to monitor European countries’ adherence to principles of democracy and tolerance and to develop practical initiatives aimed at promoting mutual understanding and reconciliation between peoples and cultures.
In light of rising antisemitism worldwide, he initiated in 2010 the creation of the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry in Tel Aviv University and the Moshe Kantor database for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism. The Kantor Center’s team, headed by Prof. Dina Porat since its inception, provides an academic framework for research and awareness raising in three main directions: the monitoring and analysis of antisemitism worldwide; domestic and international legislation for equality; and the evolving developments in contemporary Jewish European demography and culture – all areas in which Dr. Kantor has been investing remarkable efforts, and reached notable achievements, on the national and international levels. The Kantor Center publishes annually the ‘Antisemitism Worldwide Report’ recognised internationally and used by European Union institutions and international organisations as one of the main sources of information and reliable research on the trends, sources and manifestations of antisemitism in the world.
In 2010, Yad Vashem nominated Moshe Kantor as Member of the Directorate.
In 2012, Moshe Kantor launched the SACC programme, which deals with the security and crisis management of European Jewish communities. Due to the aggravation of the threat, the programme expanded into a new entity “SACC by EJC” which opened its headquarters in Vienna in 2016.
During the 14th Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) that took place in Budapest in 2013, Moshe Kantor was elected as Chairman of the WJC Policy Council. He was re-elected in the same capacity at the 15th WJC Plenary Assembly that was held in New York in April 2017.
Within the scope of his philanthropic activities he is involved in numerous organisations in the following capacities: Patron and Honorary Life President of Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Patron of Kantor King Solomon School, Patron of the Community Security Trust (CST), Patron of Jewish Care, Patron of Jewish Leadership Council, Member of Royal Opera House Board of Honorary Directors, Sponsor of Royal National institute of Blind People, etc.
Kantor received the following awards: Order of Friendship (Russia, 1998), Order of Merit (Poland, 2005), Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise (Ukraine, 2006), Order of Leopold (Belgium, 2009), Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (France, 2012), the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Italy, 2013), Grand Cross of the National Order For Merit (Romania, 2014), Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (France, 2015) and the Order of Honour (Russia, 2016), the “Medal Deserved for Tolerance” by the Ecumenical Foundation Tolerance (2011) and the European Jewish Leadership Award (2012). In addition, he received an honorary doctorate from Tel-Aviv University (2004).
Kantor created the Museum of Avant-Garde Mastery (MAGMA) in 2001. The Museum contains the world’s most important private collection of Jewish art.
Moshe Kantor graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute (1976) and has a PHD in Spacecraft Automatic Control Systems (1981).