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#53996 - 16 Jun 07 20:09 Jewish Holocaust survivor appeals for tolerance at in Muslim Indonesia
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DENPASAR (AP): A Jewish Holocaust survivor made a plea for tolerance Tuesday at a conference in the world's most populous Muslim nation that also brought together religious leaders and victims of attacks by Islamic extremists.

"I hope people will learn from the past," said Sol Teichman, 79, who was a teenager living in Czechoslovakia when his city was occupied first by the Hungarian army and then the Germans. "We should try to improve life instead of destroying it."

The daylong gathering on Bali island was attended by high-profile moderate Indonesian Muslim leaders, including former president Indonesian Abdurraham Wahid, and Hindu spiritual head Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Victims of a terrorist attack in Israel and of suicide bombings by Muslim militants on Bali in 2005 were among participants.

"It's up to us to bring religion back to its original intention .. to underline the importance of finding shared values," said Yenny Wahid, the daughter of the former president and herself a prominent supporter of liberal Islam.

"We have to find ways to promote tolerance and understanding for mankind."

Bali is a mostly Hindu enclave in Indonesia, which has some 190 million Muslims, more than any other nation in the world. Its government is secular and most people are moderate, though a vocal militant fringe has grown louder in recent years.

The conference was sponsored by the Libforall Foundation, a U.S. based non-governmental organization that seeks to counter Muslim extremism in the Islamic world by supporting religious moderates.

Teichman said he lost 70 family members to the Nazis, including his sister, brothers and grandparents, and was taken to Auschwitz, Warsaw, Dachau, Kaufering and Landsberg concentrationcamps before allied forces liberated them in 1945.

He said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision to host a conference in December questioning whether the Holocaust took place made him want to "push a little harder to meet Muslim leaders."
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#53998 - 16 Jun 07 20:28 Re: Jewish Holocaust survivor appeals for tolerance at in Muslim Indonesia [Re: Magpie]
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If you really want to scroll through who got the awards go here http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article2663264.ece

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