On May 8 1945, the allied forces achieved victory against extremism when the German forces surrendered. Along with the sweetness of victory in such a brutal war against fascism there are always going to be scars left over for the survivors. For 88 year old Auschwitz concentration camp survivor Elie Buzyn that included the loss of his parents. He was just 15 years old when his family was abducted and sent to the Auschwitz camp just because of their faith. He remembers making a promise though, to his mother, that he would continue to fight facism and get word out to his extended family about what had happened.
Mr. Buzyn is obviously a man of his word, after the war had ended, he traveled to France and informed family members overseas as to his parents fate. He also continues to be a warrior in the fight against fascism. On Monday May 8, Mr Buzyn, now 88, joined the Social Justice group Avaaz to celebrate France’s election results in which Emanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen with 66 percent of the vote. Many of the young activists in the crowd, Mr. Buzyn included, see this as a victory of tolerance over extremism, or as many in America are now saying Love trumps Hate. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case but with the aid of Avaaz and their global network of support, tolerance has some made some real inroads in Europe as shown in the recent election results in Austria and the Netherlands.
Avaaz continues to lead the fight by supporting key global issues such as climate change, economic issues, ending armed conflicts and animal rights. There are now over 40 million members of Avaaz in almost 200 nations. Avaaz, which translates to “voice” in more than a few languages is continuing to give a voice to the often overlooked masses.
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