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There can be few people better qualified that Marian Turski to link warnings from history with disturbing developments in today’s politics. As a teenager, Turski witnessed the Nazi invasion of Poland, joined a resistance group in the Łódź ghetto, survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald. After the Second World War, he became a renowned journalist, historian an Jewish rights activist. He marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King for civil rights in Alabama and, at 91, continues to be a driving force in efforts to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. Meeting the European Young Leaders during their seminar in Warsaw, he recalled the slow creep of totalitarianism in the 1930s. “Auschwitz did not happen just at once,” he said. “It was prepared step-by-step."
The 2018 European Young Leaders Warsaw seminar was graciously hosted by the city of Warsaw.
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Led by Friends of Europe, each year the European Young Leaders (EYL40) programme brings together talented, established leaders, aged 40 and under, who have made their mark in a wide range of fields such as politics, science, business, media, NGOs, the arts and civil society. You can find more information about the programme in the EYL40 overview. The programme was originally conceived with EuropaNova.