President of the WJC Ronald S. Lauder: “It’s one world and it’s time to learn how to read the future“

President of the WJC Ronald S. Lauder: “It’s one world and it’s time to learn how to read the future“
23/03/2021

The first thing that the President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald S. Lauder will do after the restrictions on movement between countries are lifted is to fly to Europe.

The World Jewish Congress, which Lauder heads, represents the interests of Jewish communities in 100 countries, - wrote on Facebook President of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, Vice President of the World Jewish Congress Boris Lozhkin. But it's not just Jewish issues that are the cause of 77-year-old Lauder's almost endless flights. In an extensive interview with the Italian novelist Alain Elkann, he said that he was still on the board of directors of one of the most famous companies in the world, Estée Lauder, and had been paying lately a lot of attention to the development of the Clinique brand, which is important for the company.

There is one more side of Lauder, which makes him look forward to the opening of borders, primarily European ones. He is a passionate art collector, owner of the world's largest collection of medieval and renaissance armor, and more recently, he is also into collecting items from the ancient Roman and ancient Greek eras. When choosing exhibits for his collection, he uses his own rating scale: “Oh!”, “Oh my!” and “Oh My God!” He only buys “Oh my Gods!”, while, as he says, he almost always overpays, but this does not stop him, because he has been living with a passion for collecting since he was 19.

A professional diplomat who was formerly the US deputy assistant Defense Secretary for Europe and NATO, and the US Ambassador to Austria, Lauder is well versed not only in the intricacies of the diverse Jewish world, but also in international politics. The expansion of the number of countries – allies of Israel under the Abraham Accord, observed last year, did not take place without his participation. Ronald Lauder's signature is also under the concluded last year Memorandum with the Government of Ukraine on the construction of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial.

Recently, according to Lauder, it has become increasingly difficult to fight anti-Semitism. If after the Second World War no one in sound mind could think to do something similar to what was still fresh in the memory, today, when three new generations have grown up, many do not even know about the tragedy of the Holocaust and its consequences. Therefore, the fight against anti-Semitism, the WJC president believes, is more relevant today than ever.

The full version of Ronald Lauder's interview is available at the link.