The Avaaz, translated to mean “Voice”, congregated, despite the bad weather, at the world famous Eiffel Tower to celebrate the results of the French election, and more notably the anniversary of the victory the Allied Forces achieved in World War II. The reason this is an important day for the Avaaz activists is the election results favored the elimination of extremism in France, as well as around the world. Joining in the celebration was 88 year old Auschwitz survivor Elie Buzyn, who reminded Avaaz and others there to continue supporting the President they helped elect, and to continue the fight against extremism in France as well as around the world.
Elie Buzyn remembers the extremism well and recalled the event when German forces surrendered to the Allied Forces. He had just regained his freedom a month earlier from a concentration camp he and his family were sent to just because of their Jewish faith. He was a only a child of 15 at the time. His parents died and he was forced into labor doing stone masonry work. Before his mother died, he promised her he would fight fascism and make sure to tell her family of her death. After 3 months of being in a concentration camp, as well as being sent on foot to another concentration camp known as Buchenwald, he was released as the closing of the war, and later on started working as a doctor.
Buzyn, as well as Avaaz, were worried about the results of the election. Supporters were relieved when extremist candidate Marine Le Pen was defeated by Emmanuel Macron, who gained 66% of the votes. Le Pen’s party supported more police and the limiting of most immigration.
Avaaz is located in New York City with a staggering 40 million supporters in nearly 200 nations and a staff using 15 different languages to communicate with them.
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