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A 90-year-old woman who has survived the Holocaust: can she empathise with a young woman of today? This is the idea that inspires Eva Fahidi and the dancer Emese Cuhorka. The idea they bring to life in their dance duet. The two women talk as they move together and entwine on the stage. They ask each other questions, they give answers. Eva Fahidi overcomes the challenging exertions of the performance. And she leaves the hearts of the audience racing. “I want to show myself, with my trauma, with my suffering,” she says. “Despite this, I am a happy person. I enjoy life, I really do, because I want to.” Read more
The Pei Building in Berlin, the annex to the Museum of German History, first floor. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel takes her time as she views a unique exhibition before the official opening: Art from the Holocaust – 100 Works from the Yad Vashem Collection. All of the drawings graphic works and paintings were created by Jewish artists during the Holocaust. They are on show for the first time outside Israel. Read more
Letters, a diary, descriptions – all of these signs of the lives of the two artists have disappeared. The poet and writer Christoph Heubner gives Felix Nussbaum and Felka Platek the voices that can no longer be heard. He has created a fictitious diary, in which each of them independently tells about their childhood and youth in an atmosphere of Jewish security in Osnabrück and Warsaw, before their paths meet in Berlin to become one, before this path ends in the gas chambers of Auschwitz in 1945. Read more
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
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
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, 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
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
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
"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