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The International Auschwitz Committee was founded by survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The main objective of our work: Auschwitz shall happen never again! Please feel invited to get more information about the IAC and its work.
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Open letter to Europe’s young people

It is time for the young people to turn out in high numbers for the European elections

Today, on 8 May, Auschwitz survivors in the International Auschwitz Committee are sending an open letter to the young people of Europe. They are urging them not to ignore the European elections, but to take their responsibility seriously by voting wisely. They are appealing to them to oppose all the parties that are aiming to undermine and destroy Europe through collective right-wing populist and extremist movements with their notoriously toxic strategies of fear and hatred. The open letter to the young people of Europe

General Assembly 2017

15th General Meeting of the IAC in Oswiecim

Debate on the transition process: preparing the way for the future

Greetings from the Polish President, Andrzej Duda, the Presidents of Germany and Austria, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Alexander Van der Bellen, as well as from the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, opened the IAC General Meeting which took place in Oswiecim from 28 to 31 August. In addition to hearing the reports about the work of the various member states, the IAC had consciously decided to engage the ‘transition process’ in order to discuss the future areas of emphasis in the committee’s involvement and prepare the way for the inclusion of younger members in the IAC Presidium. Read more

The B in Kassel

Inauguration of the B statue in Kassel on 12 June 2017

Small symbol of resistance and encouragement

The statue of remembrance, depicting the inverted B from the cynical inscription ARBEIT MACHT FREI above the entrance gate to Auschwitz concentration camp, was installed on Treppenstrasse in Kassel on 12 June, Anne Frank’s birthday. Speaking in front of some 150 guests, City Councillor Hajo Schuy told them about the meaning of the statue’s message in a moving and emotional address. Marian Turski, Vice President of the IAC told the listeners how important the message of this secretly inverted single letter was for the prisoners in everyday life in the camp – a small symbol of resistance and encouragement.  Read more

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)

Ambassador for tolerance and humanity

Statue of Remembrance for Prince Charles

On 10 February 2017, the International Auschwitz Committee awarded Prince Charles the Statue of Remembrance – depicting the letter B. During the ceremony in London, Marian Turski said: “It is the message from the survivors to the world of today, never to give in to the darkness of hatred, but to stand up for the dignity of all people. Knowing that we have the Prince of Wales at our side as an ally is a great honour for us and a signal of hope. Knowing that we have the Prince of Wales at our side as an ally is a great honour for us and a signal of hope.”  Read More

Press conference concerning the Survivors' Bequest © Boris Buchholz

“The Survivors’ Bequest”

Preserve Remembrance – Conserve authentic Places – Assume Responsibility

Ten presidents of organizations of survivors of the holocaust signed a joint statement: the Survivors' Bequest. "We ask young people to carry on our struggle, against Nazi ideology and for a just, peaceful and tolerant world, a world that has no place for ant-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and right-wing extremism."  Read more

Roman Kent, President of the International Auschwitz Committee © Boris Buchholz

Roman Kent, Auschwitz Survivor and IAC-President

Nazi Prosecutions: An Unmistakable Warning

How can there be a Statute of Limitations for Nazi crimes against humanity which were of such enormous gravity and those who participated not be brought to justice and pay the price for their terrible crimes no matter how late? No one should conclude that at least the ones who took part in inflicting such unspeakable suffering should be allowed to evade justice merely because of their prolonged success in eluding detection.  Read more