On May 8, members of Avaaz went out to celebrate France’s election results. This day was monumental to this activist group since it is the same day that the Allied forces secured victory in World War 2. Members of Avaaz joined by a veteran of the Auschwitz concentration camp congregated at the Eiffel Tower to express their joy. These activists were addressed by Elie Buzyn, who congratulated them for electing the president and urged them to shun way extremism.
Level of extremism before World War 2
Buzyn took some time to remind the activists about the extremist past that saw his parents sent to concentration camps because of their Jewish Faith. He was 15 years old at the time these atrocities took place, and when his parents passed on, he took up stone masonry work. Despite the attempt by the Soviet troops to rescue the prisoners in the concentration camps in Auschwitz, most of the incarcerated individuals had already been moved to other locations. In 1948, the World War 2 came to an end, and Buzyn moved to France in search of his extended family and a better life.
Avaaz is a foundation formed by activists, and its head office is in New York City. This organization is an international platform that recognizes and acknowledges elections throughout the globe. Avaaz is a term derived from various languages and means ‘voice’ in English. Avaaz has more than 40 million followers in more than 200 countries worldwide. This international forum uses more than 15 different languages to communicate to its many followers. Avaaz has been in existence for over a decade and was formed by various progressive organizations. Avaaz is vocal about its mandate and has been featured by various media companies, such as The Guardian and 1843 Magazines. This foundation addresses issues centered on climate change, armed conflicts, economic crisis, and animal rights.