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15.11.2017

The situation of the Rohingya people in Myanmar: “A bitter and very painful conclusion”

In September this year the International Auschwitz Committee already spoke out against the persecution and sufferings of the Rohingya people that has been intensifying since October 2016 in Myanmar. In August 2017 the army increased the mass murders and acts of rape as they scoured the Rohingya villages in Myanmar. Since August this year more than 600,000 members of the Rohingya people have fled from Myanmar to save their lives. But their suffering, especially that of the children, continues in the overcrowded refugee camps.  ... The situation of the Rohingya people in Myanmar: “A bitter and very painful conclusion”

 
 
 
B in Kassel
05.11.2017

The commemorative inverted B is now travelling from Kassel to Oswiecim: the message from the survivors had become a part of Kassel and the documenta 14

On Monday 6 November, the International Auschwitz Committee’s 5.2-tonne sculpture of the letter B, which acts as a reminder of the secret act of defiance of Auschwitz prisoners when they deliberately inverted the letter B in the cynical inscription above the main camp gate “Work makes you free” (ARBEIT MACHT FREI), will be continuing its journey from Kassel to Oswiecim/Auschwitz and to Krakow.  ... The commemorative inverted B is now travelling from Kassel to Oswiecim: the message from the survivors had become a part of Kassel and the documenta 14

 
 
Kazuo Ishiguro 1999 in Oswiecim
06.10.2017

Kazuo Ishiguro visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial

On 6 October 1999 the British author Kazuo Ishiguro visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial at the invitation of the International Auschwitz Committee.  ... Kazuo Ishiguro visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial

 
 
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05.10.2017

IAC welcomes Literature Nobel Prize for Kazuo Ishiguro

The International Auschwitz Committee is especially pleased with this year’s award of the Nobel Prize in Literature to the British writer Kazuo Ishiguro.  ... IAC welcomes Literature Nobel Prize for Kazuo Ishiguro

 
 
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24.09.2017

Parliamentary election – AfD enters the Bundestag: the first serious test for German democracy

Holocaust survivors feel that today’s election result for the AfD in Germany is difficult to bear. It looks as if more than 13 per cent of the votes have been given to a party in which thickly woven threads of Nazi ideology are widespread and deep-rooted. In this situation the Auschwitz survivors consider it very important to remind people that 87 per cent of the electorate gave their votes to parties that are committed to democracy. It is with these people that they feel most deeply connected today.  ... Parliamentary election – AfD enters the Bundestag: the first serious test for German democracy

 
 
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23.09.2017

International Auschwitz Committee reaction to the parliamentary election and the AfD – Holocaust survivors issue watershed warning

For survivors from Auschwitz and of the Holocaust, the solid reliability and the vitality of democracy in Germany was, and is, decisively linked with the decades of undaunted efforts by people in Germany to raise public awareness and acknowledgement of the crimes committed under the Nazi state and to seek encounters and dialogue with the survivors themselves. During this process the large majority of Germans have persisted along an often harrowing path of coming to terms with history. At the same time they have constantly tried to communicate this ongoing learning process to the coming...  ... International Auschwitz Committee reaction to the parliamentary election and the AfD – Holocaust survivors issue watershed warning

 
 
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11.09.2017

Myanmar / Rohingya: ethnic cleansing

Auschwitz survivors throughout the world are horrified and deeply saddened by the images that are reaching them from Myanmar, and by the actions of ethnic cleansing that are leading to the persecution and humiliation of the Rohingya people, to their murder and expulsion before the eyes of the entire world. The Auschwitz survivors are grateful that the United Nations are now clearly defining what is happening in Myanmar: this is ethnic cleansing which, without an international outcry, will lead to more mass murders.  ... Myanmar / Rohingya: ethnic cleansing

 
 
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05.09.2017

Nuremberg prohibits Mr Gauland from speaking in an upcoming election campaign event / AfD constantly spreads hatred in its election campaign

Auschwitz survivors in the International Auschwitz Committee welcome the decision taken by the city of Nuremberg to prohibit Mr Gauland from speaking in an upcoming election campaign event at the city’s Meistersingerhalle following his verbal attacks and disgracefully inhuman outbursts.  ... Nuremberg prohibits Mr Gauland from speaking in an upcoming election campaign event / AfD constantly spreads hatred in its election campaign

 
 
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30.08.2017

The General Meeting of the International Auschwitz Committee – the United Nations Secretary General thanks the survivors

In Oswiecim, Poland, the 15th General Meeting of the International Auschwitz Committee has begun not far from the gate of the former German concentration and extermination camp. Survivors from the camp, their relatives and delegates from Auschwitz foundations in sixteen countries have travelled here to attend the meeting. Messages were sent by the Presidents of Poland, Germany and Austria, and the Secretary General of the United Nations, thanking the survivors as witnesses of the times for their continuing dedicated engagement in conversations with young people.  ... The General Meeting of the International Auschwitz Committee – the United Nations Secretary General thanks the survivors

 
 
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22.08.2017

Performance entitled “Auschwitz on the beach” at the documenta in Kassel

Auschwitz survivors are becoming increasingly angry and shaking their heads in disbelief at the announcement of and the reasoning behind the art performance entitled “Auschwitz on the beach” which will be shown at the documenta in Kassel.  ... Performance entitled “Auschwitz on the beach” at the documenta in Kassel

 
 
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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.