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Robert H. Jackson Center
On May 4, 2016, the Robert H. Jackson Center was presented with a shofar to honor the center for promoting Justice Jackson’s memory and legacy, for perpetuating his legendary work in implementing justice with fairness and decency, and for raising awareness of his role as architect and Chief U.S. Prosecutor of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. The shofar symbolizes the Jackson Center’s enduring call to action for liberty under law and never forgetting injustices of the past. International March of the Living (MOTL) Vice Chairman Dr. David Machlis and President Phyllis Greenberg Heideman made the presentation in memory of Justice Jackson. Jackson Center board member and co-founder, Gregory L. Peterson accepted the honor on behalf of the Robert H. Jackson Center.
The presentation was made during MOTL’s 2016 Nuremberg Symposium: The Double Entendre of Nuremberg: The Nuremberg of Hate & The Nuremberg of Justice held in The Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Earlier in the program, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined the entire symposium, via satellite, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Nuremberg Laws (the Nazi enactments that formed the legal basis for the Holocaust), and to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials, which provided the legal grounds for prosecuting the Nazi war criminals who murdered millions of Jews and others following the enactment of the Nuremberg Laws. The Prime Minister implored that the world be guided by the lessons of justice put in place with the creation of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg.
The International March of the Living is an annual educational program, which brings individuals from all over the world to Poland and Israel, in order to study the history of the Holocaust and to examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hate.
Justice Jackson’s opening statement at the Nuremberg Trial was quoted numerous times during the symposium to acknowledge and honor both his foresight and courage to understand that civilized nations could only be deterred from engaging in future acts of atrocity under the close scrutiny of the law. In Justice Jackson’s words: “The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored because it cannot survive their being repeated.” The mission of the Robert H. Jackson Center is to advance public awareness and appreciation of the principles of justice and the rule of law as embodied in the achievements and legacy of Robert H. Jackson, US Supreme Court Justice and Chief US Prosecutor at Nuremberg. The Jackson Center envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail.