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The International Auschwitz Committee was founded by survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The main objective of our work: Auschwitz shall happen never again! Please feel invited to get more information about the IAC and its work.
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70th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

Assignment For The Future

What remains of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp?

The audience of Auschwitz survivors with the Pope. They gave him the Gift of Remembrance – the statuette of the deliberately inverted “B” in the sickeningly cynicyl inscription above the gate of Auschwitz “Arbeit macht frei” (Work makes you free).
 
What remains is the emotionally overwhelming remembrance ceremony at the Urania in Berlin on 26 January with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and the moving speeches of the survivors Eva Fahidi and Marian Turski. Also the touching accounts of their experiences given by young people who worked together in the Auschwitz and Birkenau Memorial to help preserve the places of remembrance: the Volkswagen trainee Sarah Nonnenmacher from Germany, the Polish vocational college student Alexandra Waluch and the young Israeli teacher Joshua Weiner.

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Pope Francis and Auschwitz survivors in January 2015

World Youth Day 2016 in Cracow organised by the Catholic Church

Auschwitz survivors invite the Pope and young people from around the globe to join them in a visit to the Auschwitz Memorial

On the occasion of the 2016 World Youth Day in Cracow, Auschwitz survivors are sending a letter to Pope Francis inviting him and young people from around the world to join with them in a remembrance ceremony at the Auschwitz Memorial. At the beginning of this year in January, Pope Francis granted a group of Auschwitz survivors and young people an audience in Rome. The letter of invitation refers to this meeting, where the survivors presented the Pope with the International Auschwitz Committee’s Gift of Remembrance sculpture representing the inverted ‘B’ from the inscription above the main gate to Auschwitz.  Read more

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Up-to-date

Press informations by the IAC

  • 8.7.2015: International Auschwitz Committee supports criticism by the lawyer of the joint plaintiffs in Lüneburg: six minutes and thirteen seconds imprisonment for a human life?  Read more
  • 7.7.2015: International Auschwitz Committee says democrats in Germany need to wake up now  Read more
  • 27.5.2015: Dramatic appeal to politicians throughout the world: Holocaust survivors need urgent help  Read more
  • 27.4.2015: Gröning trial: impossible to forgive  Read more
  • 10.3.2015: The International Auschwitz Committee calls for immediate moves to intensify proceedings for NPD ban  Read more
 
Angela Merkel will speak at IAC event © Deutscher Bundestag

26 January: Angela Merkel speaks at IAC ceremony

Opening event for the international remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

On 26 January 2015, Federal Chaellor Angela Merkel will speak at the Urania in Berlin during the remembrance ceremony of the former prisoners of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Marian Turski, Eva Fahidi and young people from Poland, Israel and Germany will be presenting the event. An overview of the IAC activities marking the 70 th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz:  read more

Eva Fahidi on January 26th, 2015 at an IAC ceremony to commemorate the Liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp 70 years ago © Boris Buchholz

Article in the New York Times

A Holocaust Survivor Tells of Auschwitz at 18 and, Again, at 90

The New York Times published on March 13 an article about Eva Fahidi who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp: "'One of the biggest lies is that time could help,' she said. 'Time does not help. It only deepens the feeling that something is missing. One simply learns to live with such trauma. And if you don’t get to the point where you can forgive them, then I think you can’t go on living.'  Read more

 
Roman Kent, President of the International Auschwitz Committee © Boris Buchholz

Roman Kent, Auschwitz Survivor and IAC-President

Nazi Prosecutions: An Unmistakable Warning

How can there be a Statute of Limitations for Nazi crimes against humanity which were of such enormous gravity and those who participated not be brought to justice and pay the price for their terrible crimes no matter how late? No one should conclude that at least the ones who took part in inflicting such unspeakable suffering should be allowed to evade justice merely because of their prolonged success in eluding detection.  Read more

Press conference concerning the Survivors' Bequest © Boris Buchholz

“The Survivors’ Bequest”

Preserve Remembrance – Conserve authentic Places – Assume Responsibility

Ten presidents of organizations of survivors of the holocaust signed a joint statement: the Survivors' Bequest. "We ask young people to carry on our struggle, against Nazi ideology and for a just, peaceful and tolerant world, a world that has no place for ant-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and right-wing extremism."  Read more

 
Nyamata Memorial Site, skulls. Nyamata, Rwanda | © Fanny Schertzer

20 years after Rwanda

Auschwitz survivors commemorate the victims

Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stated clearly: “Day by day images of the massacre were transmitted via television into the living rooms of the world which continued to remain silent and inactive, just as it did with Auschwitz.“ Read more

Attack on the basic democratic rights of the EU citizens

Commentary

The other face of Europe

"Who understands that each and every attack on Jewish life in European countries equals an attack on the basic democratic rights and the security of all Europeans? The fact that with this election Europe has shifted to the right and that the representatives of myopic petty-mindedness, who hold inflammatory speeches at every opportunity, will now find a stage in the European Parliament, fits into this overall picture." Read more