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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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Ausstellungseröffnung „Schuhe.Steine.Ich.“ in Berlin

72nd Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Activities organised by the International Auschwitz Committee to mark 27 January 2017

25 January — Exhibition opening ‘Shoes, Bricks, Me’ in Berlin with Sigmar Gabriel, Chairman of the SPD and German Vice Chancellor, and Auschwitz survivor Prof. Felix Kolmer (Prague)  read more

26 January — Remembering the artist couple Felka Platek and Felix Nussbaum – ‘I see dogs straining at their leashes’. Invitation to a scenic reading with musical accompaniment in Wolfsburg  read more

28 January — Premiere of ‘The Passenger’ in Gelsenkirchen. An opera in two acts by Mieczyslaw Weinberg after the novel by the Auschwitz survivor Zofia Posmysz.  read more

From the left: Prince Charles holding the Statue of Remembrance, Marian Turski (Auschwitz survivor), Michèle Deodat (artist and the statue designer), Hannah Pietsch (VW trainee), Laura Marks (Holocaust Memorial Day Trust) (photo: Paul Burns / IAC)

Ambassador for tolerance and humanity

Statue of Remembrance for Prince Charles

On 10 February 2017, the International Auschwitz Committee awarded Prince Charles the Statue of Remembrance – depicting the letter B. During the ceremony in London, Marian Turski said: “It is the message from the survivors to the world of today, never to give in to the darkness of hatred, but to stand up for the dignity of all people. Knowing that we have the Prince of Wales at our side as an ally is a great honour for us and a signal of hope. Knowing that we have the Prince of Wales at our side as an ally is a great honour for us and a signal of hope.”  Read More

Justin Sonder (Filmstill from video: Sächsische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung)

Honorary citizenship award on 21 April

The city of Chemnitz honours Justin Sonder

On 21 April 2017, the Mayor of Chemnitz will award honorary citizenship to the native of the city and Auschwitz survivor Justin Sonder. Christoph Heubner, executive vice president of the IAC has been asked to give the speech in honour of Justin Sonder. In the city’s proposal for the award, it says: “Justin Sonder not only bears repeated testimony, he also proves through his example that peace and democracy depend on the active participation of the people at all times. He has experienced the vicious consequences that can result from allowing exclusion, hatred and anti-Semitism to become socially accepted norms. Keeping memories alive, so that history may never be repeated: this is the source of Justin Sonder’s motivation.”  City of Chemnitz press release

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