In 1938, representatives of 32 nations gathered in Evian France to try to find a solution to the Jewish refugee problem. The conference was to end in abject failure. The assembled nations refused to open their hearts and their shores to the persecuted Jews of Europe and Hitler took their actions as a green light to move forward with his genocidal "final solution".
In July of this year, a symposium was convened in the same Hotel Royale to consider the lessons and warnings of The Evian Conference on its 80th anniversary. Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett was invited to give the keynote address for the symposium. We are happy to share Dr. Lantos Swett's remarks with you.