PaleyIMPACT: The Media’s Role in Combating Holocaust Denial, Misinformation, and Antisemitism

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Leaders from journalism, public policy, media, and culture gather on January 22, 2021, for PaleyIMPACT: The Media’s Role in Combating Holocaust Denial, Misinformation, and Antisemitism, moderated by Paula Zahn, in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, to discuss the media’s vital role in fighting the rise of Antisemitism and Holocaust denial. Maureen Reidy, Paley Center President and CEO, offers opening comments. Panel topics include: Eva Schloss’s recollections of how friends and neighbors in her native Austria turned on her family in 1938, resulting in her being transported to Auschwitz; Schloss’s thoughts on the emotional toll taken on her stepfather, Otto Frank (father of Anne Frank), when confronting Holocaust deniers after World War II’s end; how social media allows hate groups to flourish; Facebook’s recent ban on those who distort the history of the Holocaust; the necessity of continually magnifying Holocaust survivors’ stories; the media’s lack of coverage over a Camp Auschwitz shirt worn by one of the rioters that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6; and the need for mandatory Holocaust education for all American students.

Participants: Monika Bickert, Vice President of Content Policy, Facebook; Sara Bloomfield, Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Martin Fletcher, Former Tel Aviv Bureau Chief, NBC News, and Author; Eva Schloss, Holocaust Survivor; Greg Schneider, Executive Vice President, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Moderator: Paula Zahn, Executive Producer & Host, Investigation Discovery’s On The Case with Paula Zahn.

Host: Maureen Reidy, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media.

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