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15.05.2017

Reaction to application for political asylum in Hungary by the Holocaust denier Horst Mahler in Hungary: horror

Survivors of the Holocaust in Hungary are reacting with horror and outrage at news that the Holocaust denier Horst Mahler is currently in Hungary and might ask the Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán for asylum.  ... Reaction to application for political asylum in Hungary by the Holocaust denier Horst Mahler in Hungary: horror

 
 
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14.05.2017

Auschwitz trial against Zafke in Neubrandenburg: “ominous relic of 1950s German jurisdiction”

In the trial against the former SS medic Hubert Zafke, the regional court in Neubrandenburg is continuing to pursue its biased attitude during proceedings in favour of the accused. The court has now announced, without previously informing the state prosecution or the joint plaintiffs, that according to a medical expertise that took five months to produce, the defendant has partial dementia and is thus incapable of contesting the proceedings.  ... Auschwitz trial against Zafke in Neubrandenburg: “ominous relic of 1950s German jurisdiction”

 
 
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06.05.2017

Extreme right-wing incidents in the Bundeswehr: Holocaust survivors alert to apparitions from the past

Holocaust survivors in the International Auschwitz Committee are following the current news from the Bundeswehr with growing concern and outrage.  ... Extreme right-wing incidents in the Bundeswehr: Holocaust survivors alert to apparitions from the past

 
 
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23.04.2017

AfD party conference and elections in Europe: survivors of German concentration camps do not want to have to experience a turn towards the toxic world of European extreme right-wing extremists

Survivors of the German concentration camps are closely following the upcoming elections in Europe and the current AfD party conference with intense interest. They are dismayed at what is emerging from the core of this German party: an increasingly closed view of the world and society underpinned by dominant right-wing and nationalist tones, a contempt for democracy, and an undifferentiated two-dimensional friend-foe view of society.  ... AfD party conference and elections in Europe: survivors of German concentration camps do not want to have to experience a turn towards the toxic world of European extreme right-wing extremists

 
 
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15.03.2017

IAC response to the judgement passed in Munich on the leaders of the right-wing extremist group “Oldschool Society”

Auschwitz survivors in the International Auschwitz Committee have emphatically welcomed the court judgement passed today in Munich against the leaders of the right-wing extremist "Oldschool Society".  ... IAC response to the judgement passed in Munich on the leaders of the right-wing extremist group “Oldschool Society”

 
 
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02.03.2017

Public prosecutor’s office in Dresden ducks out: Höcke can carry on

Survivors of the Holocaust are reacting with mounting irritation and disbelief at the scandalous decision of the public prosecutor’s office to close proceedings against the AfD politician Höcke following his inflammatory speech in Dresden, consequently legitimising the speaker’s pronouncements.  ... Public prosecutor’s office in Dresden ducks out: Höcke can carry on

 
 
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17.02.2017

Pope Francis gives courage in a clearly worded letter against intolerance, hatred and xenophobia

Holocaust survivors in the International Auschwitz Committee are grateful, moved and motivated by the Pope’s emphatic message to the World Meeting of Popular Movements.  ... Pope Francis gives courage in a clearly worded letter against intolerance, hatred and xenophobia

 
 
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)
10.02.2017

Ambassador for tolerance and humanity: Statue of Remembrance for Prince Charles

The British heir to the throne, Prince Charles, has been awarded the International Auschwitz Committee’s Statue of Remembrance by Holocaust survivors in London. Prince Charles received the award during a meeting with survivors and representatives of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust at St James’s Palace in London.  ... Ambassador for tolerance and humanity: Statue of Remembrance for Prince Charles

 
 
 
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23.01.2017

Herr Höcke remains the right-wing extremist mouthpiece of the AfD

Commenting on the decision of the AfD not to exclude Herr Höcke from the party, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Herr Höcke remains the right-wing extremist mouthpiece of the AfD

 
 
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17.01.2017

NPD prohibition procedure: blind to reality and the needs of the time, a fatal signal to Europe

Commenting in Berlin about the decision of the Federal Constitutional Court on the procedures to ban the NPD, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the IAC said:  ... NPD prohibition procedure: blind to reality and the needs of the time, a fatal signal to Europe

 
 
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10.01.2017

The survivors of Auschwitz bid farewell to Roman Herzog

The International Auschwitz Committee bids farewell to Roman Herzog with gratitude and respect.  ... The survivors of Auschwitz bid farewell to Roman Herzog

 
 
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22.12.2016

BBC radio broadcast: Prince Charles warned against repeating the European horrors of the past

Prince Charles has spoken out clearly and with deep personal empathy in a BBC radio broadcast he gave today, warning against repeating the European horrors of the past. He reminded listeners of the persecution and murder of Jewish families in Europe by the National Socialists, and he called on the people in Britain and in Europe to remain open-hearted whilst refusing to be influenced by the aggressiveness of right-wing demagogues against foreigners and refugees.  ... BBC radio broadcast: Prince Charles warned against repeating the European horrors of the past

 
 
30th anniversary of the International Youth Meeting Center in Oswiecim/Auschwitz
12.12.2016

30th anniversary of the International Youth Meeting Center in Oswiecim/Auschwitz

It was Willy Brandt who acquired the first symbolic building block from the stand set up by the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) during the Evangelical Church Congress in West Berlin in 1977. It was for a project that was close to many people’s hearts in both East and West Germany: building an International Youth Meeting Centre (IYMC) in Auschwitz, the place that stands like no other for the genocide committed against the Jewish families of Europe and the murderous threat to the Polish people carried out by the Nazis.  ... 30th anniversary of the International Youth Meeting Center in Oswiecim/Auschwitz

 
 
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07.12.2016

Auschwitz survivor Adolf Burger from Prague dies at the age of 99

The Auschwitz survivor Adolf Burger has died in Prague at the age of 99. As a result of his ordeals and his personal history in the Nazi concentration and extermination camps he became one of the world’s most famous witnesses of those times.