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
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
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
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
Auschwitz survivors in many countries who belong to the International Auschwitz Committee are welcoming the result of the presidential election in Austria, which they feel is a clear and very important signal against growing right-wing populism in Europe. But, on this election day, they especially want to express their thanks to their Austrian friend, the 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor Gertrude from Vienna, who appeared in a pre-election video that attracted great attention. Basing her words on her memories, Gertrude spoke out with passionate clarity and powerful humanity, warning against the...
... Auschwitz survivor speaks out in run-up to the Austrian presidential election: a special thank-you to Gertrude
Looking at the bigger picture, the many meaningful events associated with 9 November in German history also reflect the historical turmoil and joint responsibility of Europe. In this respect, for survivors of the Holocaust the ninth of November is both a German and a European day of remembrance, which especially at this time throws a spotlight onto not only the horrors of 9 November 1938 but also onto the current crisis in Europe.
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