FIR congratulates new elected president Biden

10. November 2020

In our capacity as President and Secretary General of the International Federation of Resistance Fighters (FIR) – Association of Antifascists, we take the opportunity to congratulate you cordially on your election as future President of the United States of America. Even if there are still some legal points of contention, we are nevertheless confident that the decision of the American voters will hold and confirmed.

As the umbrella organizations of the veteran federations of former partisans, resistance fighters, persecuted people of the Nazi regime, and their relatives, men and women in uniform in the armed forces of the anti-Hitler coalition, as well as today’s anti-fascists, FIR was created some 70 years ago, based on the antifascist heritage of World War II and the legacy of the victims and survivors. We are fully aware of the important role the United States had played in the anti-Hitler coalition and of the contribution its armed forces had played in the liberation of Europe from fascist barbarism. As an international structure, FIR and its member federations in Europe, Israel and Latin America are committed to the preservation of the anti-fascist legacy of the survivors. Therefore, we say in all clarity: antifascism is not terrorism, antifascism is democracy. We stand up against all forms of neo-fascism, for a world without racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance.

Esteemed President-elect Joe Biden,

We hope that during your term of office the system of democratic values in the United States will be reestablished. Above all, this means overcoming divisions in society and, especially, by promoting social justice.

We are confident that you will restore reliability and the principles of negotiation and dialogue in international relations. As the recipient in 1987 of the title of “ambassador of peace” of the United Nations, FIR has always advocated non-military conflict resolutions. We believe that this stand should also serve the interests of the United States of America.

It is in this spirit that, on behalf of FIR, we wish you whole-heartedly a successful term of office as the 46th President of the United States of America.