ADL Welcomes Recovery and Redemption of Fashion Designer John Galliano

New York, NY, January 18, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the decision by Oscar de la Renta to invite fashion designer John Galliano to spend time in his design studio following Mr. Galliano’s long recovery from alcoholism and his demonstrated effort to learn from his remarks about Jews, Hitler and the Holocaust.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We believe that individuals can change their hearts and minds as long as they demonstrate true contrition.

Mr. Galliano has worked arduously in changing his worldview and dedicated a significant amount of time to researching, reading, and learning about the evils of anti-Semitism and bigotry. Along his journey to recovery he met with us on numerous occasions. He has accepted full responsibility for his previous remarks and understands that hurtful comments have no place in our society.

We wish him much success and look forward to working with him again in the near future as a spokesman against anti-Semitism, intolerance and bigotry.

In a statement issued earlier today, Mr. Galliano said that he “remains committed to making amends to those I have hurt.”

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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