As Holocaust survivor, political activist, professor, and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel so eloquently said: “Of course, indifference can be tempting — more than that, seductive. It is much easier to look away from victims. It is so much easier to avoid such rude interruptions to our work, our dreams, our hopes. It is, after all, awkward, troublesome, to be involved in another person’s pain and despair. Yet for the person who is indifferent, his or her neighbors are of no consequence, and therefore their lives are meaningless. Their hidden or even visible anguish is of no interest. Indifference reduces the other to an abstraction.”
Our goal is to make indifference a target of action as well as a subject of public conversation to erase it from the social landscape. Indifference nurtures hatred and hatred can breed violence, and yes, even genocide.
We will not stand by. This is our Pledge.
The Auschwitz Pledge Foundation was established to fight indifference to manifestations of discrimination, especially racism, antisemitism, misogyny as well as discrimination against migrants and refugees and LGBTQIA+ people. Our team has experience in preserving and safeguarding the memory of the Holocaust.
In today’s world, we want to combat indifference to discriminatory attitudes with the help of modern technological solutions. We believe we should oppose the deluge of aggression and hatred with the tools that are used to spread them. We want to provide people with means to make them feel that they can oppose indifference to words and actions that discriminate against others.