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18.04.2018

Anti-Semitism - Reactions to the Echo Award: defending a steadfast democracy and the clarity of the basic law

Auschwitz survivors are grateful for and enheartened by the many responses of outrage and support following the award of the Echo music prize to the anti-Semitic rap duo Kollegah / Farid Bang with their lyrics expressing contempt not only towards former Auschwitz prisoners. They are especially moved by the response of increasing numbers of artists who have returned their Echo awards in protest.  ... Anti-Semitism - Reactions to the Echo Award: defending a steadfast democracy and the clarity of the basic law

 
 
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11.04.2018

Echo participation of Kollegah/Farin Bang: a blatant insult to the survivors

Despite scrutiny by a so-called ethics council, the rapper duo Kollegah/Farin Bang are still taking part in the German Echo Awards ceremony. This is seen as a blatant insult to the survivors of the Holocaust and as a shameful affair for Germany. To the survivors it feels like a massive breach of trust that in the country that inflicted indescribable pain and physical and mental suffering on them and their families, not only in Auschwitz, people who treat this with scorn and derision should be performing and receiving awards on stage at the ‘German’ music awards: commercial interests are...  ... Echo participation of Kollegah/Farin Bang: a blatant insult to the survivors

 
 
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02.04.2018

ECHO nomination for Kollegah / Farid Bang: Auschwitz survivors are outraged

Auschwitz survivors in the International Auschwitz Committee are outraged by the nomination of the rap duo Kollegah/Farid Bang for the Germany’s ECHO Music Prize, despite their texts that are regularly filled with hatred and fantasies of violence.  ... ECHO nomination for Kollegah / Farid Bang: Auschwitz survivors are outraged

 
 
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15.03.2018

‘Because of Auschwitz’: survivors invite the new German foreign minister Heiko Maas to visit Oswiecim

Auschwitz survivors throughout the world are grateful, and impressed by one of the new German foreign minister’s first position declarations saying he entered politics “because of Auschwitz”. The survivors are offering a warm welcome to the minister to visit the Auschwitz and Birkenau Memorial as soon as possible where, together with young people, he can gain a convincing impression of the outstanding work being carried out by the Polish administration and the colleagues at the museum. These are the people who are creating the basis that meanwhile enables more than two million visitors from...  ... ‘Because of Auschwitz’: survivors invite the new German foreign minister Heiko Maas to visit Oswiecim

 
 
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12.03.2018

On the death of the former SS man Oskar Gröning

In Oswiecim, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the death of Oskar Gröning, a former SS man in Auschwitz:  ... On the death of the former SS man Oskar Gröning

 
 
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02.02.2018

Call for Papers: "Historico-political Education" and "Psychosocial Issues"

The Federal Association Information & Advice for Survivors of Nazi Persecution (Bundesverband Information & Beratung für NS-Verfolgte e.V.) is calling for participation in two moderator-led working groups on "Historico-political Education" and "Psychosocial Issues", respectively, in relation to the work of and to working with descendants of victims of Nazi persecution.  ... Call for Papers: "Historico-political Education" and "Psychosocial Issues"

 
 
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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.