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25.01.2018

International Holocaust Day 2018: Auschwitz survivors issue an urgent appeal and a warning

As International Holocaust Remembrance Day approaches on 27 January, the day which has been observed every year since 2005 in memory of the victims, and the day of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Auschwitz survivors are sending out a warning.  ... International Holocaust Day 2018: Auschwitz survivors issue an urgent appeal and a warning

 
 
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18.01.2018

The International Auschwitz Committee honours the President of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen for his commitment to democracy and human rights

This year, on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on 27 January, the International Auschwitz Committee will be awarding the Statue of Remembrance to the President of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen.  ... The International Auschwitz Committee honours the President of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen for his commitment to democracy and human rights

 
 
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10.01.2018

Anti-Semitic MP Gedeon remains in the AfD

On the decision of the AfD for Herr Gedeon to remain a member of the party, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented in Berlin:  ... Anti-Semitic MP Gedeon remains in the AfD

 
 
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08.01.2018

AfD: absurd and shrill howling on Twitter

Holocaust survivors were appalled at the AfD’s entry into the German Bundestag: time and again, scandalous behaviour is now proving their fears are well-founded.  ... AfD: absurd and shrill howling on Twitter

 
 
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06.01.2018

International Auschwitz Committee calls for a cross-party initiative against anti-Semitism

Holocaust survivors in the International Auschwitz Committee see the increase in anti-Semitic hatred in Germany as a historical caesura and a colossal challenge to German society.  ... International Auschwitz Committee calls for a cross-party initiative against anti-Semitism

 
 
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21.12.2017

Outbreaks of anti-Semitism: ‘All too self-assured about having overcome its past’

Holocaust survivors see the renewed outbreaks of anti-Semitic hatred in Germany as a historical caesura.  ... Outbreaks of anti-Semitism: ‘All too self-assured about having overcome its past’

 
 
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11.12.2017

On the anti-Semitic outbursts at demonstrations not only in Berlin and the reactions of German politicians

It is with sadness and pain that Auschwitz survivors are following the renewed escalations in hatred towards Jewish people in view of the demonstrations against Israel.  ... On the anti-Semitic outbursts at demonstrations not only in Berlin and the reactions of German politicians

 
 
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01.12.2017

Major Auschwitz exibition opens in Madrid: Auschwitz survivors thank the Auschwitz Memorial. Exhibition preceded by anti-Semitic hate mails and racist remarks in the social media.

A major Auschwitz exhibition opened to the public today in Madrid. Numerous exhibits from the Auschwitz Memorial have been assembled by the Dutch historian Jan van Pelt and the director of the management of the Polish Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.  ... Major Auschwitz exibition opens in Madrid: Auschwitz survivors thank the Auschwitz Memorial. Exhibition preceded by anti-Semitic hate mails and racist remarks in the social media.

 
 
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22.11.2017

Judgement in the genocide trial against General Mladic: “The existence of the UN War Crimes Tribunal provides proof of mankind’s ability to learn”

Auschwitz survivors have greeted the verdict against former General Mladic with great satisfaction and sympathy for the victims. They have welcomed the judgement of the UN War Crimes Tribunal against him on the counts of genocide in Srebrenica, on expulsion, mass killings and war crimes.  ... Judgement in the genocide trial against General Mladic: “The existence of the UN War Crimes Tribunal provides proof of mankind’s ability to learn”

 
 
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15.11.2017

The situation of the Rohingya people in Myanmar: “A bitter and very painful conclusion”

In September this year the International Auschwitz Committee already spoke out against the persecution and sufferings of the Rohingya people that has been intensifying since October 2016 in Myanmar. In August 2017 the army increased the mass murders and acts of rape as they scoured the Rohingya villages in Myanmar. Since August this year more than 600,000 members of the Rohingya people have fled from Myanmar to save their lives. But their suffering, especially that of the children, continues in the overcrowded refugee camps.  ... The situation of the Rohingya people in Myanmar: “A bitter and very painful conclusion”

 
 
 
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05.11.2017

The commemorative inverted B is now travelling from Kassel to Oswiecim: the message from the survivors had become a part of Kassel and the documenta 14

On Monday 6 November, the International Auschwitz Committee’s 5.2-tonne sculpture of the letter B, which acts as a reminder of the secret act of defiance of Auschwitz prisoners when they deliberately inverted the letter B in the cynical inscription above the main camp gate “Work makes you free” (ARBEIT MACHT FREI), will be continuing its journey from Kassel to Oswiecim/Auschwitz and to Krakow.  ... The commemorative inverted B is now travelling from Kassel to Oswiecim: the message from the survivors had become a part of Kassel and the documenta 14

 
 
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05.10.2017

IAC welcomes Literature Nobel Prize for Kazuo Ishiguro

The International Auschwitz Committee is especially pleased with this year’s award of the Nobel Prize in Literature to the British writer Kazuo Ishiguro.  ... IAC welcomes Literature Nobel Prize for Kazuo Ishiguro

 
 
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24.09.2017

Parliamentary election – AfD enters the Bundestag: the first serious test for German democracy

Holocaust survivors feel that today’s election result for the AfD in Germany is difficult to bear. It looks as if more than 13 per cent of the votes have been given to a party in which thickly woven threads of Nazi ideology are widespread and deep-rooted. In this situation the Auschwitz survivors consider it very important to remind people that 87 per cent of the electorate gave their votes to parties that are committed to democracy. It is with these people that they feel most deeply connected today.  ... Parliamentary election – AfD enters the Bundestag: the first serious test for German democracy

 
 
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23.09.2017

International Auschwitz Committee reaction to the parliamentary election and the AfD – Holocaust survivors issue watershed warning

For survivors from Auschwitz and of the Holocaust, the solid reliability and the vitality of democracy in Germany was, and is, decisively linked with the decades of undaunted efforts by people in Germany to raise public awareness and acknowledgement of the crimes committed under the Nazi state and to seek encounters and dialogue with the survivors themselves. During this process the large majority of Germans have persisted along an often harrowing path of coming to terms with history. At the same time they have constantly tried to communicate this ongoing learning process to the coming...
 
 
 

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Christoph Heubner
Executive Vice President
International Auschwitz Committee

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