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30.06.2017

European Ceremony for Simone Veil

Auschwitz survivors throughout the world are mourning the death of the French-Jewish Auschwitz survivor Simone Veil, who spoke out for them and their murdered relatives for many years.  ... European Ceremony for Simone Veil

 
 
Simone Veil (Foto © Deutscher Bundestag / Siegfried Böker)
30.06.2017

With great sadness and gratitude: Farewell to Simone Veil

It is with great sadness and gratitude that the International Auschwitz Committee bids farewell to Simone Veil, the Jewish-French survivor of Auschwitz who gave a powerful voice to democracy, France and Europe for many years.  ... With great sadness and gratitude: Farewell to Simone Veil

 
 
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24.06.2017

Auschwitz trial in Neubrandenburg: Judges have been given red card for prejudice

At long last a major change has been achieved in the Auschwitz trial in Neubrandenburg where the presiding judge Klaus Kabisch and two other judges in the chamber concerned have been given a red card for prejudice. For Auschwitz survivors, this comes as an extremely belated and bitter recognition on the part of the German judiciary.  ... Auschwitz trial in Neubrandenburg: Judges have been given red card for prejudice

 
 
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30.05.2017

Neo-Nazi trial at Koblenz regional court: not strong and decisive, more of a dwarfish state

Following the shameful end of the Koblenz trial, the survivors of the German concentration and extermination camps are disappointed and angry at the obvious organisational incompetence of the constitutional state.  ... Neo-Nazi trial at Koblenz regional court: not strong and decisive, more of a dwarfish state

 
 
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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: