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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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The Eleventh: Don't be indifferent. Indifference kills.

Letter of the Survivors to the participants of the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day

"Express your outrage at injustice and at the complacency of those who allow injustice to happen."

+++ July 29th: Pope Francis visits Auschwitz +++ Catholic Church’s World Youth Day in Krakow: Thousands of young people visit Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial +++ Letter and poster of the Survivors +++

Elie Wiesel, 2003 © Wikimedia Commons

On the death of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel

He spoke and wrote for the Jewish women, children and men murdered in Auschwitz

"He spoke and wrote for the Jewish women, children and men murdered in Auschwitz. They were his family, and he was their voice that rang out repeatedly above and beyond forgetfulness, anti-Semitism and hatred. At this time especially – in these days of hatred and fundamentalism – we will sorely miss Elie Wiesel’s voice." Read more

Trial in Detmold

Letter to former SS-officer Reinhold Hanning

Leon Schwarzbaum: "You will be alone with yourself until you die"

"It was up to you to speak the historical truth, just as we Auschwitz survivors have done here in Detmold. You did not do this, even though the court treated you with such great care and sensitivity. Just as we, as survivors, will have to live with the terrible memories until we die, you too will be alone with yourself until you die" Read more

Auschwitz Trails in Germany

Legal scandal in Neubrandenburg

Auschwitz trial suspended

The court in Neubrandenburg has again postponed proceedings in the trial of former SS medical orderly Hubert Z. who is accused of accessory to murder. Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee: "The organisation of the Auschwitz proceedings in Neubrandenburg and the conduct of the court there are gradually developing into a legal scandal. The court is vacillating between sloppy ignorance and utter disinterest and is failing to do justice to either the subject of the trial or the people attending." Read more

Imre Kertesz © Csaba Segesvári / Wikipedia

On the death of Imre Kertesz

With interminable pain and utter clarity

Imre Kertesz was a powerful and precise voice of the Auschwitz survivors and an unsilenced voice of all the Jewish people who remained in Auschwitz. His memories, which he formulated for the present and the future of mankind, described without pathos, but with interminable pain and utter clarity, what human beings were capable of in Auschwitz and what they are still capable of today. Read more


Eva Fahidi and ‘The Symptoms’ in Berlin, 24.1.2016

I dance my trauma

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

Art from the Holocaust

Art from the Holocaust, 25.1.2016

“Thank you for letting us see this in Berlin”

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

Lecture: Felka Platek and Felix Nussbaum © Boris Buchholz

Lecture: Felka Platek and Felix Nussbaum, 22.1.2016

Their paths through life met in Berlin

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

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

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


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