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At the end of last year high-level AfD politicians, business representatives and right-wing extremists met in Potsdam to discuss the ‘remigration’, i.e. the expulsion, of millions of people from Germany. Politicians from the other parties are warning about the increasingly visible ties between the AfD and the extreme right-wing spectrum, and have condemned the meeting. Image: Wikipedia, booking.com, collage: KGS/IAK Berlin
12.01.2024

Holocaust survivors are appalled: right-wing extremist plans re-awaken grim memories.

Commenting in Berlin on the AfD’s participation in the discussion of right-wing extremist expulsion plans, Christoph Heubner, the executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Holocaust survivors are appalled: right-wing extremist plans re-awaken grim memories.

 
 
Farmers protest on 8 January 2024 – A gallows with traffic light and federal German flag on nationwide farmers’ campaign day with demonstrations against the federal government’s current agricultural policy. Blockaded Juri-Gagarin-Ring in Erfurt Thüringia, Germany. Photograph: IMAGO/Paul-Philipp Braun
09.01.2024

Holocaust survivors are shocked at the brutalization of political dialogue and current strategies of extreme right-wing parties in Europe.

Commenting on the brutalization of political dialogue and the current strategies of extreme right-wing parties in Europe, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Holocaust survivors are shocked at the brutalization of political dialogue and current strategies of extreme right-wing parties in Europe.

 
 
Petra (l.) and Franz Michalski (r.) during a reading from his book. The Shoah survivor Franz Michalski has died aged 89. Photograph: Jüdische Allgemeine, Maria Ugoljew
03.01.2024

Shoah survivor Franz Michalski has died

Franz Michalski died in Berlin just a few days ago. Together with his wife Petra, he was one of those tireless witnesses of the times in Berlin who gave accounts, especially to young people, telling about their memories and experiences in the years of National Socialist persecution, and about the anti-Semitic hatred that repeatedly confronted them and their family.  ... Shoah survivor Franz Michalski has died

 
 
According to his family, Dr Wolfgang Schäuble died on Boxing Day evening, 2023. Photograph: Eva Oertwig/SCHROEWIG
27.12.2023

IAC mourns the loss of Wolfgang Schäuble

In Berlin, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute to Wolfgang Schäuble as follows:  ... IAC mourns the loss of Wolfgang Schäuble

 
 
From 1957 to 1993 the Dutch domestic security service was located in this red-brick building on President Kennedylaan in Den Haag. It was later demolished. Photograph: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/nieuws/2016/11/veiligheids--en-inlichtingendiensten-speelbal-van-verschillende-belangen, KGS IAK Berlin.
25.12.2023

Jewish Auschwitz survivors and the Auschwitz Committee in the Netherlands spied on by the forerunner of today’s Dutch domestic security service.

As late as into the 1980s, the Dutch domestic security service spied on Jewish Auschwitz survivors in the Netherlands, including their involvement in the Dutch Auschwitz Committee which was founded in 1956 and considered a ‘danger to democracy’.  ... Jewish Auschwitz survivors and the Auschwitz Committee in the Netherlands spied on by the forerunner of today’s Dutch domestic security service.

 
 
Witness supporter Ursula Wirth accompanies the witness Józef Kral. Józef Kral was born in 1910 in Wartogłowiec (now Poland). The Gestapo arrested him in Vienna in February 1940, and he was deported to Auschwitz at the end of June 1941. At his hearing as a witness in May 1964, Józef Kral was 54 years old and lived in Kraków, Poland where he worked as an architect. A total of 360 witnesses were heard in the course of the Auschwitz trials. 211 of them were Auschwitz survivors. Photograph: http://www.auschwitz-prozess-frankfurt.de/index.php?id=36
19.12.2023

60 years since the start of the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials on 20 December 1963

Today, Auschwitz survivors around the world are remembering the First Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial which began sixty years ago on 20 December 1963. In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... 60 years since the start of the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials on 20 December 1963

 
 
Ceremony for lighting the Hanukkah candles, organised by Chabad Lubawitsch. The ceremony was interrupted by the MP Grzegorz Braun, member of the far-right monarchist party Confederation of the Polish Crown. He put out the candles with a fire extinguisher. Image: Imago/Adam Chelstowski / Forum
12.12.2023

Anti-Semitic attack by Polish Sejm MP Grzegorz Braun

Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, made a clear statement condemning today’s anti-Semitic attack by MP Grzegorz Braun in the Polish parliament during a Hanukkah celebration:  ... Anti-Semitic attack by Polish Sejm MP Grzegorz Braun

 
 
Dairy billionaire Theo Müller owns, among other things, brands such as Müllermilch, Landliebe and Weihenstephan. For the first time, he now confirms a meeting with AfD co-chairwoman Alice Weidel. Image: imago images/Robert Michael
05.12.2023

IAC criticises indifferent wait-and-see attitude towards the AfD by large sections of the German business community

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the current debate about the indifferent wait-and-see attitude towards the AfD by large sections of the German business community:  ... IAC criticises indifferent wait-and-see attitude towards the AfD by large sections of the German business community

 
 
28 November 2023: Presentation of the Charlotte Petersen Medal 2023 in Dillenburg. Left to right: Professor Sascha Feuchert (speaker), Michael Lotz, Mayor of Dillenburg, Christophh Heubner, author and Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Achim Wendel, Dillenburg city councillor. Photograph: Christine Bahl
28.11.2023

Christoph Heubner is awarded Charlotte Petersen Medal 2023

On 28 November 2023, Christoph Heubner, author and Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee was awarded the Charlotte Petersen Medal 2023 by the town of Dillenburg and the Society for Christian-Jewish Co-operation in Dillenburg. He received the award for his long-standing commitment to combatting anti-Semitism and right-wing radicalism, as well as for preserving the memories of the Holocaust survivors.  ... Christoph Heubner is awarded Charlotte Petersen Medal 2023

 
 
21 November 2023: This morning state-wide raids took place in Bavaria against people who are spreading hate speech and threats against Jews online. Police searched the homes of 17 suspects. Image: BR24
21.11.2023

Bavarian criminal investigation office launches police raids against anti-Semitic hate speech and threats targeting Jews online

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on today’s police raids initiated by Bavaria’s criminal investigation office and directed against anti-Semitic hate speech and incitement to violence on the internet:  ... Bavarian criminal investigation office launches police raids against anti-Semitic hate speech and threats targeting Jews online

 
 
National Socialist boycott targeting Jewish businesses in Germany. Members of the SA put up posters on the widow of a Jewish shop in Berlin. The slogan: “Germans, fight back, don’t buy from Jews!” Image: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-14468 / Georg Pahl / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE , via Wikimedia Commons
08.11.2023

Statement marking the 85th anniversary of the nationwide November Pogrom launched by the Nazis on 9 November 1938

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, made a statement in remembrance of the upcoming 85th anniversary of the November Pogrom, which started on the night of 9 November 1938. He said:  ... Statement marking the 85th anniversary of the nationwide November Pogrom launched by the Nazis on 9 November 1938

 
 
Cologne, November 2023. The International Auschwitz Committee (IAC) awards the Statue of Remembrance, depicting the inverted B, to the artist Gerhard Richter in his studio in Cologne. Michèle Déodat (the artist who was inspired to design the statue), Marian Turski (President of the IAC), Gerhard Richter (artist), Christoph Heubner (Executive Vice President of the IAC). Photograph: Eva Oertwig/SCHROEWIG
06.11.2023

Gerhard Richter is honoured with the International Auschwitz Committee’s Gift of Remembrance Award

Berlin/Cologne. The International Auschwitz Committee (IAC) has honoured the Gerhard Richter as ‘artist, German, and as citizen’ by awarding him a statue of the inverted B in his studio in Cologne.  ... Gerhard Richter is honoured with the International Auschwitz Committee’s Gift of Remembrance Award

 
 
The Anne Frank Day Care Centre in Tangerhütte, Saxony-Anhalt. Image: KGS/IAK Berlin
05.11.2023

Open letter on the planned renaming of the Anne Frank Day Care Centre in Tangerhütte, Saxony-Anhalt.

While visiting Magdeburg as the recipient of the Lothar Kreyssig Peace Prize, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Open letter on the planned renaming of the Anne Frank Day Care Centre in Tangerhütte, Saxony-Anhalt.

 
 
Presentation of the Lothar Kreyssig Peace Prize 2023 awarded to Christoph Heubner (Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee - IAC) in the Johanniskirche church, Magdeburg, on 4 November 2023. Left to right: Superintendent Stephan Hoenen, prize winner Christoph Heubner, his spouse Michèle Déodat, Martin Kreyssig (Lothar Kreyssig’s grandson) Photograph: IAK /Eva Oertwig/SCHROEWIG News & Images
05.11.2023

Lothar Kreyssig Peace Prize for Christoph Heubner.

This year’s Lothar Kreyssig Peace Prize was awarded to the historian and writer Christoph Heubner in the Johanniskirche church, Magdeburg.  ... Lothar Kreyssig Peace Prize for Christoph Heubner.

 
 
Kurt Julius Goldstein, Jew, German, communist, Auschwitz survivor and honorary president of the International Auschwitz Committee, Berlin. Image: IAK Archiv 2004
03.11.2023

Street naming for Kurt Goldstein postponed by Dortmund-Scharnhorst district authority

A few days ago, following the intervention of an AfD representative and the petition of a CDU representative, the local assembly in Dortmund-Scharnhorst decided to postpone the planned naming of a street after Kurt Goldstein who was born in 1914 in Scharnhorst, was a resistance fighter against fascism and the Nazi regime, and honorary president of the International Auschwitz Committee. The reason behind the decision was to carry out an investigation into Goldstein’s political and personal life, and especially his life in the GDR.  ... Street naming for Kurt Goldstein postponed by Dortmund-Scharnhorst district authority

 
 
Bitterfeld-Wolfen Town Hall. Image: mdr.de, IAK Berlin, KGS
07.10.2023

Auschwitz Committee commends commitment to democracy in Bitterfeld-Wolfen

Commenting in Berlin on tomorrow’s run-off election for the mayor of Bitterfeld-Wolfen in Saxony-Anhalt, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Auschwitz Committee commends commitment to democracy in Bitterfeld-Wolfen

 
 
Hamas launches massive attack on Israel. Image: Adobe Express, SCHROEWIG News & Images, KGS
07.10.2023

Hamas launches massive attack on Israel

In response to the massive attack by the Palestinian military group Hamas on Israel, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said in Berlin:  ... Hamas launches massive attack on Israel

 
 
Jewish refugees aboard a Danish fishing boat in 1943. Photograph: imago / United Archives International
04.10.2023

80th anniversary of the rescue operations for Danish-Jewish families

80th anniversary of the unique rescue operations to save the vast majority of Denmark’s Jewish families from deportation to German concentration and extermination camps.  ... 80th anniversary of the rescue operations for Danish-Jewish families

 
 
In the election for mayor in Nordhausen none of the six candidates has won the necessary 50-per cent of the votes. That is why there will be a run-off election between Jörg Prophet, AfD, and the current independent officeholder Kai Buchmann on 24 September. Image: mdr.de
18.09.2023

CDU election successes with the AfD in Thuringia unmask the ‘firewall’ as an empty hypocritical phrase.

Commenting on the political situation in Thuringia and the upcoming run-off election for the office of mayor in Nordhausen, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... CDU election successes with the AfD in Thuringia unmask the ‘firewall’ as an empty hypocritical phrase.

 
 
Eva Fahidi, Hungarian-Jewish Auschwitz survivor. Photograph: imago/ZUMA Press
11.09.2023

The Hungarian-Jewish Auschwitz survivor Eva Fahidi died this morning in Budapest aged 97.

It is with deep sadness, profound gratitude and greatest respect that Auschwitz survivors around the world are now bidding farewell to their fellow sufferer, friend and long-time companion, Eva Fahidi, who died today in Budapest at the age of 97.  ... The Hungarian-Jewish Auschwitz survivor Eva Fahidi died this morning in Budapest aged 97.

 
 
Hubert Aiwanger, Bavaria’s deputy premier, economics minister, federal and Bavarian chairman of the right-wing populist Free Voters party (die Freien Wähler), is under pressure: Accusations surrounding an anti-Semitic leaflet have emerged just a few weeks before the state election. Photograph: IMAGO/Panama Pictures
03.09.2023

Aiwanger is causing significant political havoc and divisions in society

While in Oswiecim Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on developments in the anti-Semitic scandal surrounding the Bavarian politician and vice premier Hubert Aiwanger and his explanation strategy:  ... Aiwanger is causing significant political havoc and divisions in society

 
 
Hubert Aiwanger, Bavaria’s deputy premier, economics minister, federal and Bavarian chairman of the right-wing populist Free Voters party (die Freien Wähler), is under pressure. Accusations surrounding an anti-Semitic leaflet emerged just a few weeks before the state election. Photograph: IMAGO/Sven Simon
31.08.2023

Developments in the anti-Semitic scandal surrounding Hubert Aiwanger in Bavaria

Speaking during a stay in Oswiecim, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on developments in the anti-Semitic scandal surrounding Hubert Aiwanger:  ... Developments in the anti-Semitic scandal surrounding Hubert Aiwanger in Bavaria

 
 
Hubert Aiwanger, Bavaria’s deputy premier, economics minister, federal and Bavarian chairman of the right-wing populist Free Voters party (die Freien Wähler), pictured at the major VdK event for the Bavarian state election 2023 staged in the Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg. 21 July 2023 Image: IMAGO/Panama Pictures
27.08.2023

Anti-Semitic Aiwanger leaflet: IAC demands clarification and consequences.

Commenting in Berlin on the development of the anti-Semitic affair surrounding Hubert Aiwanger and the reactions of his party colleagues, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... Anti-Semitic Aiwanger leaflet: IAC demands clarification and consequences.

 
 
Remembering Zofia Posmysz, Auschwitz survivor and author, who died one year ago just a few weeks before her 100th birthday in a hospice belonging to the city of Oswiecim/Auschwitz. Photograph: Pawelsawicki, Zofia Posmysz, excerpt by KGS / IAK Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0
22.08.2023

Remembering the author Zofia Posmysz on the 100th anniversary of her birthday

It is with great sadness and gratitude that Auschwitz survivors will be commemorating the life of the author Zofia Posmysz tomorrow, on 23 August. Their friend and fellow sufferer was born 100 years ago in Kraków. She died last year on 8 August 2022, just a few weeks before her 100th birthday in a hospice belonging to the Polish city of Oswiecim/Auschwitz.  ... Remembering the author Zofia Posmysz on the 100th anniversary of her birthday

 
 
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). The Cologne Administrative Court confirmed the designation of the party Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the youth organisation Young Alternative for Germany (JA) as an object under observation (suspicious case). Photograph:xC.xHardtx/xFuturexImage, KGS/IAK Berlin
04.08.2023

IAC warns about growing influence of the AfD and thanks the president of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution for standing up against right-wing extremist threats.

Commenting in Berlin on the political development of the AfD and the statements by Thomas Haldenwang, the president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... IAC warns about growing influence of the AfD and thanks the president of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution for standing up against right-wing extremist threats.

 
 
Memorial in Berlin to the Sinti and Roma of Europe who were murdered under National Socialism. Photograph: imago images/Christian Spicker
02.08.2023

European Holocaust Memorial Day in remembrance of the persecution and murder of Sinti and Roma in the German concentration and extermination camps.

Today, Holocaust survivors around the globe are marking the European Holocaust Memorial Day in remembrance of the persecution and murder of Sinti and Roma in the German concentration and extermination camps. In Berlin Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee paid tribute as follows:  ... European Holocaust Memorial Day in remembrance of the persecution and murder of Sinti and Roma in the German concentration and extermination camps.

 
 
CDU leader Friedrich Merz supports the firewall against the AfD – except at local political level. Photograph: IMAGO/dts Nachrichtenagentur
23.07.2023

Nobody intends to tear down a wall.

Commenting on today’s statements by CDU leader Friedrich Merz on collaborating with the AfD at local political level, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Nobody intends to tear down a wall.

 
 
In Oswiecim/Auschwitz construction has started on a unique artistic ensemble that focuses on the events of the Holocaust and is designed by the artist Gerhard Richter. Image: Gerhard Richter / IAK Berlin
12.07.2023

Construction starts on the exhibition hall ‘Gerhard Richter: Birkenau’. An impressive art project close to Auschwitz as a warning to never forget.

Construction has started on the Gerhard Richter Exhibition Hall in Oswiecim, Poland. The building, designed by the artist himself, is being developed in the grounds, and in co-operation with, the International Youth Meeting Center in Oswiecim/Auschwitz.  ... Construction starts on the exhibition hall ‘Gerhard Richter: Birkenau’. An impressive art project close to Auschwitz as a warning to never forget.

 
 
Sea Watch 2 on its 13th search and rescue mission off the Libyan coast. Around 160 refugees on an overcrowded inflatable boat, 21 October 2016. Photograph: Imago/Christian Ditsch
20.06.2023
 
 
Christoph Heubner, IAC Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee. Photo: IAK Berlin
13.06.2023

Invitation to IAC press conference on 16 June 2023, 11 am, German Resistance Memorial Center, Stauffenbergstr.13, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten

The survivors of the Holocaust are not alone in feeling alarmed and disturbed by the drastic rise in support shown in current surveys for the AfD and their extreme right-wing slogans. Time and again in German cities there are violent attacks directed against ‘foreigners’, and anti-Semitic sentiments are now widespread within mainstream society. Throughout the country there is a sense of helplessness as to how the democratic parties should confront this dramatic development in society.  ... Invitation to IAC press conference on 16 June 2023, 11 am, German Resistance Memorial Center, Stauffenbergstr.13, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten

 
 
Election survey results from 1 June 2023 - Infratest dimap for ARD. Image: @Wahlen_DE
05.06.2023

On the AfD gaining strength in Germany and the result of the election for mayor in Schwerin

In Berlin, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on the growing strength of the AfD in Germany and the associated developments at local level:  ... On the AfD gaining strength in Germany and the result of the election for mayor in Schwerin

 
 
13 June 2019, Kassel, memorial service at St Martin’s Church for the murdered District President Dr Walter Lübcke. The Minister President of Hesse, Volker Bouffier, pays tribute to the murdered representative. Image: imago images/Hartenfelser
02.06.2023

4 years since the murder of Walter Lübcke on 2 June 2019

On the fourth anniversary of the murder of Walter Lübcke on 2 June 2019, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said in Berlin:  ... 4 years since the murder of Walter Lübcke on 2 June 2019

 
 
Thomas Buergenthal, Holocaust survivor, retired judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and Professor at the George Washington University Law School, delivers keynote address at the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York on 31 January 2018. United Nations. Photograph: imago images/Wang Ying/Photoshot
31.05.2023

Auschwitz survivor Thomas Buergenthal dies aged 89

It is with profound sorrow, heartfelt appreciation and the greatest respect that Auschwitz survivors throughout the world are bidding farewell to Thomas Buergenthal who survived Auschwitz as one of the few remaining Jewish children. In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute as follows:  ... Auschwitz survivor Thomas Buergenthal dies aged 89

 
 
11 May 1960: After agents from the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad had captured Eichmann in a suburb of Buenos Aires, they swiftly took him to a hidden location. During his interrogation Eichmann admitted to his true identity and signed a document in which he agreed to stand trial in Israel. Eleven days later he was secretly flown to Israel in an EI AI aircraft. Photoraph: yadvashem.org
12.05.2023

Capture and abduction of Adolf Eichmann 63 years ago on 11 and 12 May 1960

While at the Auschwitz Memorial Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented as follows on the present-day significance of Adolf Eichmann’s capture and abduction 63 years ago on 11 and 12 May 1960:  ... Capture and abduction of Adolf Eichmann 63 years ago on 11 and 12 May 1960

 
 
10 May 1933: At a mass event at Opernplatz (Bebelplatz) in Berlin, German students from the city’s universities publicly burn ‘un-German’ books and writings that they have confiscated. Photograph: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-14597 / Georg Pahl /CC-BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia
10.05.2023

90th anniversary of Nazi book burning ritual launched on 10 May 1933

While at the Auschwitz Memorial, and speaking on the 90th anniversary of the Nazi book burning ritual launched on 10 May 1933, Christoph Heubner, author and Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... 90th anniversary of Nazi book burning ritual launched on 10 May 1933

 
 
9 May, at 16 minutes past midnight: signing of the Act of Surrender by Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel, Chief of Armed Forces High Command, General-Admiral von Friedeburg, Commander-in-Chief of the Navy and Colonel-General Hans-Jürgen Stumpff representing the air force (Luftwaffe). Signatories on the Allied side were Marshal Georgy Zhukov on behalf of the Supreme High Command of the Red Army, and three representatives of the American, British and French Allied Forces. This marked the official end of World War II.in Europe. Photograph: Imago/Leemage
08.05.2023

As a new war in Europe rages, the world remembers the end of World War II on 8 and 9 May 1945

Speaking while at the Auschwitz Memorial on today’s Remembrance Day marking the end of World War II, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... As a new war in Europe rages, the world remembers the end of World War II on 8 and 9 May 1945

 
 
Neuruppin District Court. On 28 June 2022 the district court in Neuruppin sentenced Josef Schütz to 5 years imprisonment for aiding and abetting murder and attempted murder. Image: Website of the District Court Neuruppin
28.04.2023

Former concentration camp guard Josef Schütz dies aged 102 before final decision on prison sentence

Whilst at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on the death of the former SS guard Joseph Schütz as follows:  ... Former concentration camp guard Josef Schütz dies aged 102 before final decision on prison sentence

 
 
Roger Waters during the "This Is Not a Drill" tour. Chicago U.S. Photo: IMAGO/ZUMA Wire
25.04.2023

Antisemitism accusations: Administrative court allows Roger Waters performance in Frankfurt

Not only Jewish survivors of the German concentration and extermination camps are once again deeply saddened, horrified and increasingly disillusioned by the Frankfurt Administrative Court decision on the upcoming performance by British singer Roger Waters at the Frankfurter Festhalle.  ... Antisemitism accusations: Administrative court allows Roger Waters performance in Frankfurt

 
 
Marian Turski, Auschwitz survivor and President of the International Auschwitz Committee, during his speech delivered in Warsaw on 19 April 2023 at the state ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Image: Spiegel Online
21.04.2023

Marian Turski's speech marking the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Speech delivered on 19 April 2023 in Warsaw by Marian Turski, Auschwitz survivor and President of the International Auschwitz Committee, at the state ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.  ... Marian Turski's speech marking the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

 
 
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: a photograph from the report by Jürgen Stroop to Heinrich Himmler from May 1943. Report title: The Jewish Quarter of Warsaw Is No More! Original photo caption: Forcibly pulled out of bunkers. Suppression of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ─ captured Jews are led by German Waffen-SS troops to the assembly point for deportation. Photograph: IMAGO/Reinhard Schultz
18.04.2023

80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on 19 April 1943

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the presidents of Poland, Israel and Germany, Duda, Herzog and Steinmeier, will attend the state ceremony in Warsaw together. They will meet there with Marian Turski, the Polish-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and President of the International Auschwitz Committee, as well as Stanislaw Zalewski, Polish survivor of Auschwitz and further survivors of the German concentration and extermination camps.  ... 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on 19 April 1943

 
 
The March of the Living (Hebrew מצעד החיים Mitzad HaChajim) is a walk of remembrance from Auschwitz I concentration camp to Birkenau extermination camp. Since it was founded in 1988, more than 300,000 participants from 50 countries have taken part on Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – in memory of all the victims of the Holocaust and walked together along the 3-km-long path from Auschwitz to Birkenau. Image: facebook.com/MOTLorg
16.04.2023

35th anniversary of the March of the Living on 18 April in Oswiecim/Auschwitz with trainees from Emden, Wolfsburg and Osnabrück.

Since 1988 more than 300,000, mostly Jewish, young people from around the world have taken part in the March of the Living, walking in a column along the three-kilometre-long path from Auschwitz I concentration camp to Birkenau extermination camp. This walk of remembrance is dedicated to the memory of those murdered in Auschwitz, and in honour of the survivors.  ... 35th anniversary of the March of the Living on 18 April in Oswiecim/Auschwitz with trainees from Emden, Wolfsburg and Osnabrück.

 
 
The last surviving chief prosecutor in the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials has died. Benjamin Ferencz was 103 years old. imago/ZUMA Press
09.04.2023

Benjamin Ferencz, chief prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen Trial and subsequent Nuremberg Trials, has died

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute to Benjamin Ferencz who has died at the age of 103:  ... Benjamin Ferencz, chief prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen Trial and subsequent Nuremberg Trials, has died

 
 
The International Auschwitz Committee will present itself at the Leipzig Book Fair from April 27 to April 30, 2023 in Hall 4, Stand A 303. Image: Leipzig Book Fair
24.03.2023

The International Auschwitz Committee will present itself for the first time at the Leipzig Book Fair from 27 to 30 April 2023 in Hall 4, Stand A 303.

For the first time ever, the International Auschwitz Committee will be taking part in the Leipzig Book Fair. It will be presenting books and brochures from its work which focus on the memories, feelings and experiences of Holocaust survivors told after their liberation and also reflecting their later ‘second ‘lives’.  ... The International Auschwitz Committee will present itself for the first time at the Leipzig Book Fair from 27 to 30 April 2023 in Hall 4, Stand A 303.

 
 
The International Auschwitz Committee is urging Twitter and Elon Musk to take decisive steps against the alarming increases in anti-Semitic tweets since its takeover in October 2022 and to strictly adhere to EU laws. Image: IMAGO/NurPhoto
23.03.2023

International Auschwitz Committee urges Elon Musk to rid Twitter of anti-Semitic smears and hatred.

Whilst at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on press reports about the massive increase in anti-Semitic contents on Twitter following its takeover by Elon Musk:  ... International Auschwitz Committee urges Elon Musk to rid Twitter of anti-Semitic smears and hatred.

 
 
Governor of Lower Austria and ÖVP leader Johanna Mikl-Leitner with Udo Landbauer, head of the far-right FPÖ of Lower Austria and heavily criticized for an anti-Semitic songbook published by his fraternity. They are negotiating for a coalition. Image: ORF.at
18.03.2023

International Auschwitz Committee horrified that ÖVP is making the far right socially acceptable

Following the state election in Lower Austria, the country’s geographically largest state, a coalition is currently emerging between the ÖVP and an FPÖ in which has accommodated leading representatives of far-right and anti-Semitic attitudes for many years.  ... International Auschwitz Committee horrified that ÖVP is making the far right socially acceptable

 
 
Jewish Cemetery, Kraków: Henri Goldberg, who survived the Holocaust by hiding in Belgium as a child, stands in front of the grave of Maria Orwid. She was one of the first psychologists in Europe to work with traumatized children and young people who had survived the Holocaust. Image: Hannah Lessing/IAC Vienna
12.03.2023

80th Memorial Day in remembrance of Kraków Ghetto liquidation

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the final liquidation of Kraków Ghetto, on 13 March 1943, and the deportation of the last remaining Jewish prisoners to Plaszow and Auschwitz concentration camps, the Presidium of the International Auschwitz Committee gathered for a meeting in Kraków.  ... 80th Memorial Day in remembrance of Kraków Ghetto liquidation

 
 
VW trainees involved in conservation work at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial. Image: Karl Lehmann / IAC Berlin
03.03.2023

International Auschwitz Committee and Volkswagen AG renew project work with trainees at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.

The International Auschwitz Committee and Volkswagen AG have started working together again. They are holding a preparatory seminar in Hanover as the conservation project with trainees at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial gets underway again following the interruption caused by the Covid pandemic.  ... International Auschwitz Committee and Volkswagen AG renew project work with trainees at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.

 
 
21 February 2023: The Berlinale awards Steven Spielberg the Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement. Image: SCHROEWIG, Collage KGS/IAC Berlin
21.02.2023

Steven Spielberg receives Honorary Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival

Speaking in Berlin on today’s Berlinale award of the Honorary Golden Bear for Steven Spielberg, Christoph Heubner, Excutive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Steven Spielberg receives Honorary Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival

 
 
Prevent upcoming appearance of QAnon propagandist Friedemann Mack in Falkensee town hall in Brandenburg. Image: imago/Steinach, Collage: KGS/IAK Berlin
15.02.2023

Prevent upcoming appearance of QAnon propagandist Friedemann Mack in Falkensee town hall!

Commenting in Berlin on the upcoming appearance of QAnon propagandist Friedemann Mack in Falkensee town hall, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stressed:  ... Prevent upcoming appearance of QAnon propagandist Friedemann Mack in Falkensee town hall!

 
 
Potsdam Germany, 21 March 1933. Handshake at official meeting of Chancellor Adolf Hitler and President Paul Ludwig von Hindenburg at the opening ceremony of the Reichstag held in the Garrison Church in Potsdam. Image: imago images/Leemage
13.02.2023

IAC calls for change in Germany’s remembrance culture

These days mark the 90th anniversary of the time when the Nazis took over power in Germany on 30 January 1933 and then promptly destroyed the foundations of democracy in civil society in the following few weeks of February and March 1933.  ... IAC calls for change in Germany’s remembrance culture

 
 
Demonstration against the AfD on 15 May 2021 in Siegen/Germany. Image: IMAGO / Rene Traut
06.02.2023

Ten years of AfD: Increasingly radical

Commenting in Berlin on the 10-year existence of the AfD as a far right extremist party in Germany, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stressed:  ... Ten years of AfD: Increasingly radical

 
 
Der Angriff - Das deutsche Abendblatt, Berlin 30 Jan.1933: National Socialistt seizure of power in Germany. Image: Mabit1, evening edition of Der Angriff, CC BY-SA 4.0
30.01.2023

90 years since so-called seizure of power by National Socialists in Germany

While in Chemnitz, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, gave a statement on the 90th anniversary of the so-called seizure of power by the National Socialists in Germany:  ... 90 years since so-called seizure of power by National Socialists in Germany

 
 
Surviving Jewish children in Auschwitz with nurses. The photograph was taken by a Soviet photographer while making a film about the liberation of the camp. Image: IMAGO / Reinhard Schultz, Collage: KGS / IAK Berlin
26.01.2023

78th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, issued an emphatic statement marking the 78th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on 27 January:  ... 78th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

 
 
23 January 2023, in Warsaw the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausėda (left), awards Marian Turski the Cross of Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. Image: Leszech Zych / Polityka
25.01.2023

Republic of Lithuania honours Marian Turski with the Cross of Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania

Marian Turski, Auschwitz survivor, President of the International Auschwitz Committee, long-standing head of the historical section of POLITYKA and Chairman of the International Museum Council at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, was awarded the Cross of Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania on 23 January.  ... Republic of Lithuania honours Marian Turski with the Cross of Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania

 
 
The Death Gate in Stutthof concentration camp, 1941–1945. Image: GEDANOPEDIA, foundation Gdańsk – image excerpt IAC Berlin
20.12.2022

Stutthof Trial: Accessory to murder of more than 11,000 people

In Itzehoe, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented as follows on the upcoming verdict in the Stutthof Trial against Irmgard F., the former secretary to the camp commandant, who is facing the charge of being an accessory to the murder of more than 11,000 people:  ... Stutthof Trial: Accessory to murder of more than 11,000 people

 
 
The time has come to focus more clearly on the AfD in the German Bundestag, particularly under security aspects, and to point out their responsibilities for current developments in the far-right milieu. Image: IMAGO / Christian Ohde, KGS / IAC Berlin
10.12.2022

The political consequences of the raid against the far-right milieu on 7 December 2022

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the political consequences of the raid against the far-right (Reichsbürger) milieu as follows:  ... The political consequences of the raid against the far-right milieu on 7 December 2022

 
 
7 December 2022: Prince Heinrich XIII. Reuß is led away in handcuffs by two police officers. Photo: Tagesspiegel
07.12.2022

Raid targeting right-wing extremists in Germany

Commenting on today’s raid by security forces, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Raid targeting right-wing extremists in Germany

 
 
Donald Trump on Twitter. The Twitter profile of the 45th President of the United States of America was reactivated after the service’s takeover by Elon Musk. Image: IMAGO/Revierfoto
29.11.2022

Current developments surrounding Twitter and the network service’s owner Elon Musk.

Holocaust survivors are deeply concerned as they follow the current developments surrounding the social network service Twitter.  ... Current developments surrounding Twitter and the network service’s owner Elon Musk.

 
 
Tadeusz Borowski, Polish writer (* 12 November 1922 in Zhytomyr, Ukraine; † 3 July 1951 in Warsaw). Image: KGS/IAC Berlin
12.11.2022

Remembering the world-renowned writer and Auschwitz survivor Tadeusz Borowski who was born 100 years ago on 12 November 1922.

To this day, his two collections of stories: Here in Our Auschwitz and Other Stories, and This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, both published in Poland in 1946, remain particularly disturbing and moving accounts of the horrors in Auschwitz for readers of classic world literature.  ... Remembering the world-renowned writer and Auschwitz survivor Tadeusz Borowski who was born 100 years ago on 12 November 1922.

 
 
Zilli Schmidt was born as Cäsilie Reichmann in Thuringia in 1924. She survived the concentration camps of Lety in Bohemia and the so-called Gypsy Family Camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Her daughter, her parents and her relatives were gassed there in 1944. On the same day Zilli was deported to Ravensbrück as a forced labourer. Together with her cousin she managed to escape from the concentration camp, found her way to an uncle in Berlin and acquired false documents that enabled her to move freely until the end of the war. She lived in Mannheim. Zilli Schmidt rarely spoke publicly about her life. Image: IMAGO / Mike Schmidt
21.10.2022

Auschwitz survivor Zilli Schmidt has died at the age of 98.

Zilli Schmidt, who died today aged 98, was one of the last witnesses of the genocide against the Sinti and Roma. Speaking in Berlin, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute to Zilli as follows:  ... Auschwitz survivor Zilli Schmidt has died at the age of 98.

 
 
 
Holocaust Memorial Berlin. Image: KGS / IAC Berlin
11.10.2022

Outrage at behaviour of AfD politician from Thuringia at the Holocaust Memorial

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the behaviour of the AfD politician Holger Winterstein at the Holocaust Memorial saying:  ... Outrage at behaviour of AfD politician from Thuringia at the Holocaust Memorial

 
 
 
The election result in Italy is a shocking and saddening event for all survivors of the Holocaust and the heirs of the Resistenza italiana, one of the most important resistance movements against fascism in Europe. The fact that citizens in Italy are putting their trust in the promises of far-right populists and Mussolini’s self-appointed heirs who are taking up their positions to rule, is an alarming sign that the European idea is coming under increasing pressure. Image: 123rf
26.09.2022

IAC response to the election result in Italy

Speaking at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on the result of the Italian election and the foreseeable victory of the Fratelli d’Italia party (FDI) and other far-right parties:  ... IAC response to the election result in Italy

 
 
documenta fifteen: The banner of the Indonesian art collective bearing unmistakeable anti-Semitic images is dismantled. In the end all that remains is empty scaffolding. Then the artists from Taring Padi remove and destroy the large-format figures and discard them. Image: IMAGO/Hartenfelser
25.09.2022

At the end of documenta fifteen all that remains is a pile of rubble

Speaking at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on the end of documenta fifteen as follows:  ... At the end of documenta fifteen all that remains is a pile of rubble

 
 
The president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, speaks in an interview with CBS in Teheran. It was held before his visit to New York where he took part in the 77th session of the UN General Assembly UNGA 77 on 19 September 2022. Image by Iranian Presidency apaimages, Teheran, Iran, Islamic Republic
20.09.2022

Open Letter from Volkswagen trainees to the Iranian president in response to his playing down of the Holocaust.

In a joint project with the International Auschwitz Committee fourteen Volkswagen trainees from Wolfsburg, Zwickau, Chemnitz and Dresden are working together to preserve and maintain the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.  ... Open Letter from Volkswagen trainees to the Iranian president in response to his playing down of the Holocaust.

 
 
2 September 2017: Prince Charles with the Statue of Remembrance, Marian Turski (Auschwitz survivor), Michèle Deodat (artist and designer of the B statue). In London the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, receives the Statue of Remembrance from Holocaust survivors. The award was presented to Prince Charles when he met survivors and representatives of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust at St James’s Palace in London. The statue depicts the inverted B in the cynical inscription above the main gate to Auschwitz concentration camp ARBEIT MACHT FREI (work sets you free). Image: Paul Burns
11.09.2022

Auschwitz survivors send a message to King Charles III

In January 2017, the International Auschwitz Committee presented Charles, Prince of Wales, with its Statue of Remembrance at St James’s Palace in London. The statue depicts the inverted letter B which the prisoners deliberately turned upside down in a demonstration of courage and defiance when they were forced to manufacture the inscription above the gate to Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp: ARBEIT MACHT FREI (work sets you free). The sculpture was designed by the French artist Michèle Déodat. The statue is regarded as the highest honour to be awarded by the survivors of...  ... Auschwitz survivors send a message to King Charles III

 
 
7 September 2022: The 96-year-old Polish-Jewish Auschwitz survivor, Marian Turski, was re-elected as president of the International Auschwitz Committee. Image: Bernd Oertwig
07.09.2022

16th General Assembly of the International Auschwitz Committee in Oswiecim/Auschwitz

Today, in Oswiecim Poland, the General Assembly of the International Auschwitz Committee ended. It takes place every five years. This year it was attended by Auschwitz survivors, relatives and descendants of the camp survivors, and representatives from Auschwitz foundations in 11 different countries.  ... 16th General Assembly of the International Auschwitz Committee in Oswiecim/Auschwitz

 
 
26 August 1992: Pogroms in Rostock Lichtenhagen, police moving in. Image: Imago/Rex Schober
22.08.2022

Remembering the pogroms in Lichtenhagen in August 1992

While in Werdau/Zwickau, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the pogroms in Lichtenhagen in August 1992 and on this year’s remembrance ceremony as follows:  ... Remembering the pogroms in Lichtenhagen in August 1992

 
 
Cover of the illustrated version of Anne Frank's Diary. The diary of Anne Frank is a world-famous part of the Holocaust literature. The original work has been adapted with illustrations by the screenwriter and filmmaker Ari Folman and the illustrator David Polonsky. Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation (2019) has already been translated into 20 languages, published in some 60 countries, and has headed the bestseller lists in 5 countries. Image: By courtesy of the Anne Frank Fonds, Basle.
18.08.2022

Anne Frank’s Diary is pulled from shelves of school libraries in a school district of Fort Worth, Texas

Together with the respective school boards, ultra-conservative parents in the USA are continuing their school-cleansing campaigns against supposedly indecent literature in school and class libraries.  ... Anne Frank’s Diary is pulled from shelves of school libraries in a school district of Fort Worth, Texas

 
 
16 August 2022: Joint press conference with Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Berlin. Image: IMAGO/Jürgen Heinrich
16.08.2022

Palestinian President Abbas feeds anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic aggressions with Holocaust comparison.

Commenting in Berlin on today’s statements and Holocaust comparison by Palestinian President Abbas during a press conference with Federal Chancellor Scholz, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... Palestinian President Abbas feeds anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic aggressions with Holocaust comparison.

 
 
August 8, 2022: Zofia Posmysz, Polish author and Auschwitz survivor passed away in the Hospice of Oswiecim at the age of 98. Image: Pawelsawicki, Zofia Posmysz, Image detail: KGS / IAK Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0
08.08.2022

Zofia Posmysz, prominent Polish author and Auschwitz survivor has died at the age of 98.

Auschwitz survivors around the globe are bidding farewell with sadness, heartfelt gratitude and great esteem, from their friend, fellow sufferer, companion and renowned writer Zofia Posmysz, who died today aged 98 in the Hospice of Oswiecim.  ... Zofia Posmysz, prominent Polish author and Auschwitz survivor has died at the age of 98.

 
 
August 5, 2022: Professor Felix Kolmer, Czech-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee dies aged 100. Image: memoryofnations.eu, IAK Berlin
05.08.2022

Czech-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee Professor Felix Kolmer dies aged 100

Professor Felix Kolmer, the Czech-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, passed away this morning at the Hagibor retirement home in Prague aged 100.  ... Czech-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee Professor Felix Kolmer dies aged 100

 
 
The art exhibition documenta fifteen from 18 June to 25 September 2022. A critical visitor with an exhibition catalogue and some defective spectacles – with a blind right eye. Image: IMAGO/serienlicht
29.07.2022

Position of the International Auschwitz Committee on the current situation of documenta fifteen

Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the current situation at documenta fifteen, and specifically criticized the unwillingness of the exhibition organizers to take a stand on anti-Semitic manifestations within the exhibition:  ... Position of the International Auschwitz Committee on the current situation of documenta fifteen

 
 
Polish Prime Minister Matuesz Morawiecki. Photo: IMAGO / NurPhoto / xMateuszxWlodarczykx
27.07.2022

New appointment of the advisory body International Auschwitz Council by the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on 26 July 2022

Since the year 2000 the appointment of the International Auschwitz Council has been the responsibility of the Polish prime minister. The council’s 25 members are appointed by the prime minister as experts on the process of coming to terms with the history of Auschwitz and the Holocaust. The council members serve for a term of six years.  ... New appointment of the advisory body International Auschwitz Council by the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on 26 July 2022

 
 
Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary. Image: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / xBeataxZawrzelx
26.07.2022

On the racist statements by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Băile Tușnad, Romania

Commenting on the recent statements by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the Fidesz summer academy in Băile Tușnad, Romania, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... On the racist statements by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Băile Tușnad, Romania

 
 
Unknown persons have vandalized seven trees, by sawing them off or breaking them down, close by Buchenwald Memorial. The planting of the commemorative trees began in 1999 along the Death March routes from Buchenwald concentration camp. They are in honour and recognition of the courage of German anti-fascists Emil Carlebach, Otto Kipp, Erich Loch, Reinhold Lochmann, August Stötzel. They are also in honour of the 1,600 children and young people who did not survive Buchenwald, and the French engineer and industrialist, Marcel Dassault. The destroyed trees symbolize life, their lives and their sacrifices. Image: Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation
21.07.2022

Attack on Buchenwald Memorial

During a visit to France, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, made a statement on the targeted attack on the Buchenwald concentration camp Memorial. The attack included the vandalizing of trees dedicated to children murdered in the camp:  ... Attack on Buchenwald Memorial

 
 
The people were crammed together in busses like this and taken to the Vélodrome d’hiver. Illustration: Jean Cabut, known as Cabu. "Whilst he was completing these illustrations, he had nightmares and was scarred for the rest of his life," wrote his wife, Véronique. Cabu was murdered in the Islamist attack in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on 7 January 2015.
16.07.2022

80th anniversary of the mass roundup in occupied Paris on 16 and 17 July 1942

On this day, Auschwitz survivors around the world are commemorating the 80th anniversary of the massive, brutal roundups in occupied Paris on 16 and 17 July 1942, in which Germans and French police arrested more than 13,000 Jews and incarcerated them for days in deplorable conditions in the velodrome near the Eiffel tower.  ... 80th anniversary of the mass roundup in occupied Paris on 16 and 17 July 1942

 
 
 
The work titled People's Justice by the Indonesian collective of underground artists Taring Padi at documenta 15 in Kassel caused a wave of outrage. The documenta organizers first decided to drape the work with black cloth, just three days after it was installed. It is now being completely dismounted. Image: hessenschau.de
21.06.2022

The most recent anti-Semitic manifestations at documenta fifteen

During a stay at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the latest developments in the anti-Semitism debate surrounding documenta 15:  ... The most recent anti-Semitic manifestations at documenta fifteen

 
 
Anti-Semitic relief, a so-called Jews’ sow sculpture on the Evangelische Stadtkirche in Wittenberg, where Martin Luther once preached. The information on a panel at the church says: There is a relief scorning and deriding the Jewish religion on the south-east corner of the Stadtkirche which has been there since around 1290. Defamatory sculptures of this kind that depict Jews in connection with pigs – animals which are deemed unclean in Judaism – were particularly widespread in the Middle Ages. Image: IMAGO / Winfried Rothermel
15.06.2022

Judgement of the Federal Court on the depiction of the so-called Jews’ sow in Wittenberg

During a stay at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on today’s Federal Court judgement concerning the anti-Jewish relief known as the "Wittenberger Judensau":  ... Judgement of the Federal Court on the depiction of the so-called Jews’ sow in Wittenberg

 
 
Dr Angela Merkel, former Federal Chancellor. Image: Eva Oertwig/SCHROEWIG
15.06.2022

Judgement of the Federal Constitutional Court on the statement by Federal Chancellor Merkel on the election of the Minister-President in the Free State of Thuringia in 2020

Commenting on today’s judgement by the Federal Constitutional Court on the statement by former Federal Chancellor Merkel on the election of the Minister-President in Thuringia with votes from the CDU, the FDP and the AfD, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stressed:  ... Judgement of the Federal Constitutional Court on the statement by Federal Chancellor Merkel on the election of the Minister-President in the Free State of Thuringia in 2020

 
 
Vice Chair Mario Lehmann (AfD,Saxony-Anhalt) with Rammstein shirt at Saxony-Anhalt state parliamentary session on 24 October 2018. Foto: IMAGO / Christian Schroedter
11.06.2022

The quiet return of the former MP, Mario Lehmann, to the police force of Saxony-Anhalt

Commenting in Berlin on the return of the former AfD politician and regional state MP to the police service in Saxony-Anhalt, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... The quiet return of the former MP, Mario Lehmann, to the police force of Saxony-Anhalt

 
 
Detective Inspector Mario Lehmann (52) at the opening of the new police uniform store. He took photos for the police force. Image: Christian Schroedter
01.06.2022

AfD politician Mario Lehmann returns to police force

Repeated demands are being made to remove right-wing extremist officers from the police force. In Saxony-Anhalt a self-confirmed far-right extremist and despiser of the republic has returned to the police service. Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented as follows:  ... AfD politician Mario Lehmann returns to police force

 
 
Russia May 5, 2022, rehearsal for Victory Day military parade in Vladivostok. Image: Yuri Smityuk/IMAGO/ITAR-TASS
09.05.2022

8 and 9 May: Days of remembrance marking the end of World War II

On this 9 May 2022, Auschwitz survivors across the globe are commemorating all of the Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian soldiers of the Red Army who liberated them from Auschwitz and led them back into life.  ... 8 and 9 May: Days of remembrance marking the end of World War II

 
 
Prof. Felix Kolmer, Czech Jewish survivor of Auschwitz and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee. Image: memoryofnations.eu, IAC Berlin
03.05.2022

Prof. Felix Kolmer, Auschwitz survivor and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee turns 100

Today, it is the 100th birthday of the Czech Jewish survivor of Auschwitz and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Prof. Felix Kolmer, who is marking his 100th anniversary in the Jewish retirement home Hagibor in Prague.  ... Prof. Felix Kolmer, Auschwitz survivor and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee turns 100

 
 
28 April 2022, Jerusalem, Israel: President Isaac Herzog and his wife, First Lady Michal Herzog, light candles on Yom Hashoah in the Knesset in memory of the martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust. Image:
28.04.2022

Yom hashoah: Worldwide remembrance of the martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust

Speaking in Berlin on the occasion of today’s Holocaust Remembrance Day Yom Hashoah, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Yom hashoah: Worldwide remembrance of the martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust

 
 
Kolmar Park, 4143 N. Kolmar Ave. in Old Irving Park Image: Ariel Parrella-Aureli/Block Club Chicago
27.04.2022

Chicago honours Gertrud Kolmar, the German-Jewish poet who was murdered in Auschwitz

It’s a lovely story: For many years, tucked away in the northwest of Chicago, there has been a rather inconspicuous park called Kolmar Park. It is named after the city of Colmar in Alsace, France, near the border with Germany.  ... Chicago honours Gertrud Kolmar, the German-Jewish poet who was murdered in Auschwitz

 
 
Marian Turski, President of the International Auschwitz Committee. Image: Wojciech Grabowski, Excerpt: IAK Berlin, CC BY-SA 4.0
24.03.2022

Marie Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin awards honorary doctorate to IAC President Marian Turski.

The Polish-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Marian Turski, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Senate of the Polish Marie Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin.  ... Marie Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin awards honorary doctorate to IAC President Marian Turski.

 
 
Holocaust survivor Boris Romanchenko was killed in a Russian missile attack in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on March 18, 2022, during Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Image: IMAGO / photo2000
22.03.2022

Ukrainian Holocaust survivor Boris Romantschenko (96) killed in Russian shelling of Kharkiv

Ukrainian Holocaust survivor Boris Romantschenko aged 96 was killed when Russian shells hit his flat in an attack on his home town of Kharkiv on Friday. During a stay at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Ukrainian Holocaust survivor Boris Romantschenko (96) killed in Russian shelling of Kharkiv

 
 
Auschwitz survivor Leon Schwarzbaum passes in Potsdam aged 101 years. Image: IMAGO / Metodi Popow
14.03.2022

Auschwitz survivor Leon Schwarzbaum passes at the age of 101.

On Monday night the Auschwitz survivor Leon Schwarzbaum died in Potsdam at the age of 101. Leon Schwarzbaum was born as the son of a Polish-Jewish family in Hamburg in 1921, but he grew up in the Polish town of Bedzin in Upper Silesia. In 1943, after the dissolution of the ghetto there, the family, was deported to Auschwitz.  ... Auschwitz survivor Leon Schwarzbaum passes at the age of 101.

 
 
Holocaust survivor Inge Deutschkron has died aged 99 years. Image: IMAGO/Becker&Bredel
09.03.2022

Holocaust survivor Inge Deutschkron has died aged 99 years.

Holocaust survivors across the world are bidding farewell to their companion and fellow sufferer Inge Detschkron. They are eternally grateful to her, and they are expressing their heartfelt affection and respect at her passing. During a stay at Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute to her as follows:  ... Holocaust survivor Inge Deutschkron has died aged 99 years.

 
 
Administrative Court in Cologne: AfD may and should be under surveillance by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Image: IMAGO/Christian Ohde, KGS/IAC Berlin
09.03.2022

Administrative Court in Cologne: AfD may and should be under surveillance by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

During a visit at the Auschwitz Memorial Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented as follows on the Cologne Administrative Court‘s decision for surveillance of the AfD:  ... Administrative Court in Cologne: AfD may and should be under surveillance by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

 
 
Missiles strike next to the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial on the outskirts of Kyiv. Image: RND.de
02.03.2022

Damage inflicted on the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, made a statement concerning the damage inflicted on the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial during the bombardment of Kyiv’s neighbouring television tower. He said:  ... Damage inflicted on the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial

 
 
Feb. 27, 2022 More than a hundred thousand Germans, Ukrainians, Russians and people from all over the world demonstrate in Berlin against Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Image: KGS, IAC Berlin
27.02.2022

Putin's cynical and treacherous lie to justify his invasion of Ukraine.

Time and again the Russian president Vladimir Putin uses the terms “genocide” and “denazification” in his arguments for the invasion of Ukraine. In this context Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stated in Berlin:  ... Putin's cynical and treacherous lie to justify his invasion of Ukraine.

 
 
Gabriel Bach was deputy state prosecutor in the Eichmann Trial in Israel. He is holding a photograph with himself in the foreground and Eichmann in the background. Gabriel Bach died on 18 February 2022 aged 94. Image: Menahem Kahana/AFP
19.02.2022

Gabriel Bach, deputy state prosecutor in the Eichmann Trial, dies aged 94.

Speaking in Berlin on the death of Gabriel Bach, deputy state prosecutor in the Eichmann Trial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Gabriel Bach, deputy state prosecutor in the Eichmann Trial, dies aged 94.

 
 
Władysław Bartoszewski
18.02.2022

100th anniversary of Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, Polish Auschwitz survivor and subsequent foreign minister of the Republic of Poland

Tomorrow, 19 February 2022, Auschwitz survivors around the globe will be remembering their Polish fellow prisoner and fellow sufferer Władysław Bartoszewski with utmost respect and gratitude. He was incarcerated in Auschwitz at the age of 18, and tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. In Warsaw the Polish-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Marian Turski, paid tribute to his long-time companion:  ... 100th anniversary of Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, Polish Auschwitz survivor and subsequent foreign minister of the Republic of Poland

 
 
Richter based his Birkenau Cycle on four black-and-white photos that were taken secretly by a prisoner and then smuggled out of Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. Image: imago/Robert Michael
09.02.2022

Gerhard Richter turns 90

On the occasion of Gerhard Richter’s 90th birthday Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee congratulated the artist as follows:  ... Gerhard Richter turns 90

 
 
The radical right-wing AfD candidate for the Bundestag, Jens Maier, at a joint rally staged by Pegida and AfD on 5 June 2017 at the Altmarkt in Dresden. Image: Imago/Paul Sander
05.02.2022

Far-right AfD politician Jens Meier wants to return to office as judge

Commenting in Berlin on the imminent return of AfD politician Jens Maier to the office of judge in the Free State of Saxony, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... Far-right AfD politician Jens Meier wants to return to office as judge

 
 
The International Auschwitz Committee is supporting the nomination of MEMORIAL for the award of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize. Image: IAC Berlin
29.01.2022

The International Auschwitz Committee is wholeheartedly supporting the proposal to award MEMORIAL the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

Representatives from almost every party in the Estonian parliament have issued a joint press statement nominating the Russian human rights organization MEMORIAL for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.  ... The International Auschwitz Committee is wholeheartedly supporting the proposal to award MEMORIAL the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

 
 
77th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. Image: ZDF.de, IAC Berlin
26.01.2022

h Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Speaking in Berlin on the occasion of tomorrow’s 77th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and the International Day in Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... h Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

 
 
Raphael Esrail of blessed memory, Image: memoiresdesdeportations.org, excerpt IAC Berlin
23.01.2022

Raphael Esrail, Auschwitz survivor, French Vice President of the IAC and President of the Union dés déportés d’Auschwitz in Paris, has died.

Auschwitz survivors around the globe are deeply saddened by the passing of Raphael Esrail at the age of 96 in Lannion (Côtes d’Armor) France. At the same time they are profoundly grateful to their friend, fellow sufferer and long-time companion.  ... Raphael Esrail, Auschwitz survivor, French Vice President of the IAC and President of the Union dés déportés d’Auschwitz in Paris, has died.

 
 
Trude Simonsohn. Image: Tagesschau.de
06.01.2022

Auschwitz survivor Trude Simonsohn dies at 100 years of age

It is with deepest gratitude and sadness that Auschwitz survivors around the world are bidding farewell to their friend and fellow sufferer Trude Simonsohn who has passed away at the age of 100 years. In a tribute to her, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Auschwitz survivor Trude Simonsohn dies at 100 years of age

 
 
Auschwitz survivor Gertrude Pressburger. Image: http://www.bundespraesident.at
02.01.2022

Auschwitz survivor Gertrude Pressburger has died at the age of 94

In a tribute to the Auschwitz survivor Gertrude Pressburger, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Auschwitz survivor Gertrude Pressburger has died at the age of 94

 
 
A judge at Russia’s Supreme Court announces the verdict against Memorial International. Image: Tagesschau.de
29.12.2021

Russia’s Supreme Court orders closure of the human rights organization Memorial.

Commenting on the continuing efforts to suppress Russian institutions and to destroy Memorial, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Russia’s Supreme Court orders closure of the human rights organization Memorial.

 
 
Steven Spielberg, Image: Eva Oertwig, SCHROEWIG, IAK Berlin
18.12.2021

Auschwitz survivors around the world congratulate Steven Spielberg on his 75th birthday.

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, congratulated and paid tribute to the film director Steven Spielberg on his 75th birthday:  ... Auschwitz survivors around the world congratulate Steven Spielberg on his 75th birthday.

 
 
The leader of the far right Dutch party Forum for Democracy (FvD), Thierry Baudet. Image: nu.nl
17.12.2021

Amsterdam verdict: Far right populist not to compare Coronavirus rules with the Holocaust

Auschwitz survivors are welcoming the ground-breaking court judgement handed down yesterday in Amsterdam against the MP Thierry Baudet. Baudet had made repeated references in his statements comparing the coronavirus measures taken by the Dutch authorities with the persecution of Jewish families during the Holocaust.  ... Amsterdam verdict: Far right populist not to compare Coronavirus rules with the Holocaust

 
 
Carry van Lakerveld, former Dutch vice president of the International Auschwitz Committee. Image: boomgeschiedenis.nl, IAC Berlin
11.12.2021

Carry van Lakerveld, former Dutch vice president of the International Auschwitz Committee died.

Sadly and full of gratitude, the International Auschwitz Committee says goodbye to its former Dutch Vice-President Carry van Lakerveld, who has died in Amsterdam at the age of 83.  ... Carry van Lakerveld, former Dutch vice president of the International Auschwitz Committee died.

 
 
AfD id for chair of interior committee: fatally thoughtless signal. Image: IAC Berlin
10.12.2021

AfD bid to chair Bundestag interior committee: fatally thoughtless signal

The survivors of the German concentration and extermination camps are following the first steps taken by the new government in Germany with great interest. Commenting in Berlin Christoph Heubner, the der Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... AfD bid to chair Bundestag interior committee: fatally thoughtless signal

 
 
Kara Tepe refugee camp on Lesbos. Image: Twitter/Mission Lifeline
04.12.2021

Holocaust survivors thank Pope Francis

In a statement concerning the present journey of Pope Francis to Cyprus, his clear words during his meeting with refugees in Nicosia, and his subsequent journey to Greece with his renewed visit to the refugee camp on Lesbos, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Holocaust survivors thank Pope Francis

 
 
Auschwitz survivor Albina Moimas. Image: hna.de, Collage IAC Berlin
30.10.2021

Auschwitz survivor Albina Moimas celebrates her 100th birthday

In honour of her 100th birthday the Auschwitz Committee presents the commemorative medal marking the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz to Albina Moimas.  ... Auschwitz survivor Albina Moimas celebrates her 100th birthday

 
 
Gerhard Richter, Germany's most important living artist, painted his four-part monumental work "Birkenau Cycle" based on photographs taken by a Jewish prisoner at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in August 1944. Image: katholisch1.tv
27.10.2021

The artist Gerhard Richter is presenting an edition of his Birkenau Paintings and four Grey Mirror paintings to the International Auschwitz Committee.

The exhibition ensemble of works by the world-famous German artist includes not only these mirror paintings but also four reproductions of the original photographs taken by a prisoner in Birkenau.  ... The artist Gerhard Richter is presenting an edition of his Birkenau Paintings and four Grey Mirror paintings to the International Auschwitz Committee.

 
 
Entrance to Block 17 with the new Austria exhibition in Auschwitz. Image: National Fund of the Republic of Austria for the Victims of National Socialism, Parliamentary Directorate/Ulrike Wieser
04.10.2021

Opening of the newly conceived and designed memorial exhibition of the Republic of Austria in Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial centre

Today, following many years of discussion on contents and design, the Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen will open the Republic of Austria’s new memorial exhibition at the Auschwitz Memorial, together with the Polish Auschwitz survivor and President of the International Auschwitz Committee Marian Turski and a group of relatives and descendants of Austrian Auschwitz prisoners.  ... Opening of the newly conceived and designed memorial exhibition of the Republic of Austria in Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial centre

 
 
AfD election results in Saxony and Thuringia: a dramatic wake-up call for the democratic parties and society as a whole. Image: ARD, Wikipedia, Coat of arms of Thuringia, Collage: IAC Berlin, CC0 1.0
27.09.2021

AfD results in Saxony and Thuringia a dramatic wake-up call for the democratic parties and society as a whole

Survivors of the Holocaust have been following the German federal elections with special interest. Commenting in Berlin, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... AfD results in Saxony and Thuringia a dramatic wake-up call for the democratic parties and society as a whole

 
 
The Death Gate of Stutthof concentration camp, 1941–1945. Image: GEDANOPEDIA, Foundation Gdansk – Picture detail by IAC Berlin
25.09.2021

Late justice – History returns: The Stutthof Trial in Itzehoe

An act of late justice for their murdered family members is what survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants are hoping for in the Nazi trial of Irmgard Furchner in Itzehoe.  ... Late justice – History returns: The Stutthof Trial in Itzehoe

 
 
19 September 2021: Unveiling of the Dutch Holocaust Memorial of Names Amsterdam. Image: Tagesschau.de
19.09.2021

The Holocaust Memorial Amsterdam is unveiled by the Dutch Auschwitz Committee and King Willem-Alexander

76 years after the end of World War II, and after more than 15 years of controversy and delays concerning the site, the Dutch Auschwitz Committee and King Willem-Alexander are today unveiling the Dutch Holocaust Memorial of Names in Amsterdam:  ... The Holocaust Memorial Amsterdam is unveiled by the Dutch Auschwitz Committee and King Willem-Alexander

 
 
III Weg election poster with incitement to murder Green politicians and voters. Image: IAC Berlin
15.09.2021

Irresponsible decision by the administrative court in Chemnitz on the III Weg posters

Commenting on the decision of the administrative court in Chemnitz on the III Weg posters, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Irresponsible decision by the administrative court in Chemnitz on the III Weg posters

 
 
Saul Friedländer is awarded the Balzan Prize 2021 for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Image: Christliches Medienmagazin pro, Saul Friedländer 2010, Collage by IAC Berlin, CC BY 2.0
14.09.2021

Saul Friedländer is awarded the Balzan Prize 2021 for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

On the award of the prestigious international Balzan Prize to the historian and Holocaust survivor Saul Friedländer, Christoph Heubner, executive vice-president of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Saul Friedländer is awarded the Balzan Prize 2021 for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

 
 
Pope Francis. Photo: dpa
12.09.2021

Pope Francis travels to Hungary and Slovakia, and once again meets with Holocaust survivors and Roma families

Holocaust survivors around the world are following Pope Francis’ journey to Hungary and Slovakia with great interest and respect. During his travels Pope Francis will again be meeting with Holocaust survivors and Roma families. Commenting in Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... Pope Francis travels to Hungary and Slovakia, and once again meets with Holocaust survivors and Roma families

 
 
Election poster of Der III Weg with murder threats against Green politicians and voters. Image: IAC
08.09.2021

Election posters published by the aggressive fascist group "Der III Weg" bearing murder threats against Green politicians and voters

In response to the activities of the fascist party "Der III Weg" (The Third Path) in the run-up to the German parliamentary elections, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stated:  ... Election posters published by the aggressive fascist group "Der III Weg" bearing murder threats against Green politicians and voters

 
 
‘Querdenker’ in battle mode. Image: Tagesschau.de
05.08.2021

Former members of the army and the police are radicalizing the ‘Querdenker’ movement

Holocaust survivors are deeply shocked by the revelations of journalists concerning the leading organizational and ideological involvement of former members of the military and the police in the so-called Querdenker movement. In Berlin Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... Former members of the army and the police are radicalizing the ‘Querdenker’ movement

 
 
Grave stones at the Genocide Memorial in Potočari near Srebrenica (2008) Photo: Maurits90 – own work, public domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9986920
28.07.2021

The Srebrenica genocide: Denial punishable at last

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the decision of the UN High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina to make the denial of the Srebrenica genocide punishable:  ... The Srebrenica genocide: Denial punishable at last

 
 
Award for Prof. Felix Kolmer during a ceremony at the Hagibor retirement home of the Jewish Community in Prague on 13 July 2021. Photo: IAC
22.07.2021

High award for Felix Kolmer

Professor Felix Kolmer from Prague, Holocaust survivor and Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, has been awarded the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria by the Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen.  ... High award for Felix Kolmer

 
 
Esther Bejarano (Auschwitz survivor), Berlin, 12 June 2013, presentation of the International Auschwitz Committee sculpture "to B remembered" at Wittenbergplatz in Berlin. Photo: Eva Oertwig/SCHROEWIG
10.07.2021

Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano has died

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute to Esther Bejaranos who has died:  ... Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano has died

 
 
Dr. Giselle Cycowicz (psychologist, AMCHA therapist and Shoah survivor), Dr. Martin Auerbach (National Clinical Director at AMCHA Israel). Image credit: Florian Krauss for AMCHA Deutschland, private, collage IAC Berlin.
24.06.2021

Award for outstanding commitment to psychosocial support for Holocaust survivors

The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany is awarded to Dr. Giselle Cycowicz and Dr. Martin Auerbach.  ... Award for outstanding commitment to psychosocial support for Holocaust survivors

 
 
The place where the first mass extermination experiments were staged with Zyklon B poison gas in the cellar of Block 11 in Auschwitz 1 concentration camp. In the background at floor level the small hatch through which the prisoners entered the ‘standing cell’. There was no room to sit because up to four prisoners were crammed together in each standing cell. Picture credits: Diether, Auschwitz I Block 11, CC BY-SA 3.0
22.06.2021

Lest we forget the crimes against Russian soldiers

Today, Auschwitz survivors around the globe are remembering that day in June 1941, when the German Wehrmacht invaded the die Soviet Union.  ... Lest we forget the crimes against Russian soldiers

 
 
Tin foil hats in Rostock. Image: Moahim, 2018 - Petrikirche - Rostock, Collage by IAC Berlin, CC BY-SA 4.0
21.06.2021

A prime example of how the far right ridicules the democratic state

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, made a statement focussing on the decision of Rostock city council and the voting behaviour of its various groups concerning the planned performance by the singer Xavier Naidoo in the Hanseatic city:  ... A prime example of how the far right ridicules the democratic state

 
 
Auschwitz survivor Marian Turski marking the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz on 27 January 2020 Photo: Wojciech Grabowski, Marian Turski. 75 rocznica wyzwolenia Auschwitz, excerpt by the IAK Berlin, CC BY-SA 4.0
14.06.2021

Marian Turski is elected new president of the International Auschwitz Committee

Following the death of their President Roman Kent, who passed away on 21 May 2021 in New York, the members of the IAC Presidium have elected the Polish-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and journalist Marian Turski from Warsaw as the new president of the International Auschwitz Committee.  ... Marian Turski is elected new president of the International Auschwitz Committee

 
 
The former garden of the former Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Human Genetics, Anthropology and Eugenics is now a car park. Human bones were found in this area that most likely belonged to prisoners murdered in Auschwitz. Photo: Bernd Oertwig
09.06.2021

Grounds of the Free University in Berlin possible Holocaust crime scene?

Based on the latest research by the Berlin historian Götz Aly (see Berliner Zeitung, 6.6.2021), Auschwitz survivors are outraged at the lack of willingness and insensitivity on the part of the Free University in Berlin (FU) to investigate and clarify the nature of the human remains discovered in 2014 in the grounds of the FU at Garystrasse 39.  ... Grounds of the Free University in Berlin possible Holocaust crime scene?

 
 
New Synagogue, Ulm. Photo: Andreas F. Borchert, Ulm Weinhof New Synagogue, Jerusalem Window, 2012 11 03, image excerpt by IAC Berlin, CC BY-SA 4.0
05.06.2021

Fears are mounting: Attack on the synagogue in Ulm

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, made a statement on the attack against the synagogue in Ulm:  ... Fears are mounting: Attack on the synagogue in Ulm

 
 
Christoph Heubner in August 2017 at the Auschwitz Memorial (Block 11 /Death Wall (Execution Wall) at Auschwitz I Main Camp with Auschwitz survivors (from left) Roman Kent, Marian Turski, Felix Kolmer, Esther Bejarano (obscured) and Eva Fahidi. Photo: Bernd Oertwig
21.05.2021

President of the International Auschwitz Committee Roman Kent died

Roman Kent, the President of the International Auschwitz Committee, died today in New York at the age of 96, following a brief, severe illness.  ... President of the International Auschwitz Committee Roman Kent died

 
 
„Durch die Knochen bis ins Herz“ - the new book by Christoph Heubner, vice president of the International Auschwitz Committee. Image: Bernd Oertwig
29.04.2021

Durch die Knochen bis ins Herz ("Through the Bones to the Heart") – the new book by Christoph Heubner

The new stories by Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee: "There were railway tracks, there were furnaces, and it was very hot and very dangerous."  ... Durch die Knochen bis ins Herz ("Through the Bones to the Heart") – the new book by Christoph Heubner

 
 
Ottoman military forces march Armenian men from Kharput to an execution site outside the city. Kharput, Ottoman Empire, March 1915-June 1915.
25.04.2021

President Biden recognizes Armenian genocide

In a statement about President Biden’s recognition of the Armenian genocide, Christoph Heubner, the Executive President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... President Biden recognizes Armenian genocide

 
 
VW Group trainees from Germany and Poland work to preserve the Auschwitz memorial. Image: International Auschwitz Committee
21.04.2021

Volkswagen AG supports memorial work in Auschwitz with 600,000 euros

Volkswagen is again supporting the International Auschwitz Committee. The company is providing 600,000 euros for the committee’s work at the Memorial in Oswiecim/Auschwitz  ... Volkswagen AG supports memorial work in Auschwitz with 600,000 euros

 
 
Adolf Eichmann during the trial in Israel in 1961, image: Israel Government Press Office, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
11.04.2021

The Eichmann trial 60 years later: no escape for perpetrators of genocide

On the 60th anniversary of the start of the trial against Adolf Eichmann, a key designer in the genocide of the Jews of Europe, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:

  ... The Eichmann trial 60 years later: no escape for perpetrators of genocide

 
 
Protester with the Star of David and Nazi symbols at "Querdenker" event in Kassel
22.03.2021

International Auschwitz Committee warning: democracy under threat

Auschwitz survivors are very concerned about the steadily increasing propensity to violence and the overt contempt of democracy manifested by the current demonstrations of the Querdenker movement in Kassel and other German cities.  ... International Auschwitz Committee warning: democracy under threat

 
 
Eduard Wirths (c.) with the two Auschwitz camp commanders Richard Baer (l.) and Rudolf Höss (r.) at the opening of the SS hospital in Auschwitz. Picture rights: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
09.03.2021

Mengele’s boss honoured on memorial in his home town

“In memory of our fallen and missing brothers”. This is the inscription on the war memorial in the town of Geroldshausen, Lower Franconia. The list of names includes Eduard Wirths, who was born in the town and from 1942 to 1944 was chief SS doctor at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. As such he played a decisive role in the industrialized murder programme at the killing centre.  ... Mengele’s boss honoured on memorial in his home town

 
 
Orban’s Fidesz party quit EPP group
03.03.2021

Hungarian MEPs from Orban’s Fidesz party quit EPP group

Commenting on the Hungarian MEPs from the Fidesz Party leaving the EPP group in the European Parliament, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said in Berlin:  ... Hungarian MEPs from Orban’s Fidesz party quit EPP group

 
 
CPAC Odal Rune stage
01.03.2021

Trump and the Nazi symbol of the Odal Rune

At the Conservative Political Action Conference, former president Trump gave his comeback speech on a stage based on the widespread Neo-Nazi symbol of the Odal rune that was once incorporated into SS uniforms. In Berlin Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stated:  ... Trump and the Nazi symbol of the Odal Rune

 
 
Auschwitz surviver Leon Schwarzbaum
20.02.2021

100th birthday of Auschwitz survivor Leon Schwarzbaum

Auschwitz survivors around the world are happy to be sending their best wishes today to their friend, fellow sufferer and companion Leon Schwarzbaum in Berlin. And they are expressing their deepest gratitude on his 100th birthday. In Berlin Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... 100th birthday of Auschwitz survivor Leon Schwarzbaum

 
 
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16.02.2021

Statement on the two new trials in Germany of two Nazi perpetrators

The survivors, who are all now very old, have waited throughout their lives for the perpetrators to be brought to justice for their actions. The fact that this is only happening now is a clear sign of failure and neglect on the part of the German judicial authorities over many decades. Knowing that the perpetrators from the camps have been able to live their lives, in most cases undisturbed and in safety, without being brought to account for their crimes in front of a German court, has been a burden to the survivors throughout their lives.  ... Statement on the two new trials in Germany of two Nazi perpetrators

 
 
Ban on Generation Identitaire in France, Image: Aidentity
14.02.2021

Ban with a signal effect

Commenting on the effort to ban Generation Identitaire in France, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Christoph Heubner, said in Berlin:  ... Ban with a signal effect

 
 
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08.02.2021

The prosecution of SS perpetrators should continue despite old age

Trial of a former SS guard at Sachsenhausen concentration camp for accessory to murder in more than 3,000 instances.  ... The prosecution of SS perpetrators should continue despite old age

 
 
Name streets and squares after Walter Lübcke!, Foto: ©Eva Oertwig/SCHROEWIG
29.01.2021

Name streets and squares after Walter Lübcke!

On the first anniversary of the murder of Walter Lübcke in June 2020, the International Auschwitz Committee already symbolically named a street in Berlin-Tiergarten after him in memory of this important patriot and European.  ... Name streets and squares after Walter Lübcke!

 
 
Dr. Walter Lübcke (2009)
28.01.2021

Verdict in the trial for the murder of Walter Lübcke: Sentence for Stephan E. is important and the right message

Commenting in Berlin on the verdict in the trial for the murder of the District President of Kassel, Dr Walter Lübcke, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Christoph Heubner, stated:  ... Verdict in the trial for the murder of Walter Lübcke: Sentence for Stephan E. is important and the right message

 
 
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26.01.2021

76th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: Acutely aware of the current dangers

On the occasion of the 76th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Christoph Heubner, stressed in Berlin:  ... 76th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: Acutely aware of the current dangers

 
 
Igor Levit, Invitation to the Memorial Concert
21.01.2021

Remembering the 76th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: Igor Levit plays pieces chosen by Auschwitz survivors

During these days, Auschwitz survivors around the world are commemorating the 76th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day. To mark this occasion the International Auschwitz Committee is collaborating with the Federal State Representation of Lower Saxony and showing the exhibition “What have we achieved? - Auschwitz survivors take stock”. It is mounted on the fence of the Lower Saxony Representation, opposite the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.  ... Remembering the 76th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: Igor Levit plays pieces chosen by Auschwitz survivors

 
 
Zaunausstellung IAK Berlin, Christoph Heubner
20.01.2021

Exhibition: What have I achieved? – Auschwitz survivors take stock

In cooperation with the Federal State Representation of Lower Saxony, the International Auschwitz Committee is marking the run-up to the worldwide remembrance ceremonies for the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Starting on Wednesday 20 January, the IAC will be showing the exhibition “What have I achieved? – Auschwitz survivors take stock” on the fence of the Federal State Representation of Lower Saxony.  ... Exhibition: What have I achieved? – Auschwitz survivors take stock

 
 
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13.01.2021

On the arrest of Robert Keith Packer in the USA: Nazi scene glorifies Auschwitz with increasing openness and aggression

In Berlin the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Christoph Heubner, commented on the arrest of the American Robert Keith Packer, who took part in the storming of the Capitol in Washington wearing an Auschwitz T-shirt:  ... On the arrest of Robert Keith Packer in the USA: Nazi scene glorifies Auschwitz with increasing openness and aggression

 
 
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05.01.2021

Scarred by pain and horror: The Auschwitz survivor Renate Lasker-Harpprecht has died

It is with sadness, great respect and gratitude that Auschwitz survivors around the globe are bidding farewell to their fellow sufferer and companion Renate Lasker-Harpprecht. In Berlin Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute as follows:  ... Scarred by pain and horror: The Auschwitz survivor Renate Lasker-Harpprecht has died

 
 
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21.12.2020

Appropriate: Auschwitz survivors react to the conviction of the Halle attacker

Commenting in Berlin on the sentence passed by the Naumburg Higher Regional Court on the Halle attacker, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Appropriate: Auschwitz survivors react to the conviction of the Halle attacker

 
 
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17.12.2020

Gestapo comparison in European Parliament

In Berlin, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee made the following comments on the decision of the PPE Group in the European Parliament to keep the Hungarian Fidesz representative Tamas Deutsch in the group, despite his Gestapo comparison:  ... Gestapo comparison in European Parliament

 
 
Foto: adn / Konzept: Christoph Heubner, Karl Lehmann
05.12.2020

When Willy Brandt fell to his knees: To this day an enduring appeal to keep on confronting the dark sides of one’s own national history

Throughout the world Holocaust survivors are now remembering Willy Brandt’s gesture of humility on 7 December 1970. That was the day when he, as the Federal Chancellor of Germany, knelt in humility at the Ghetto Memorial in Warsaw, acknowledged his home country’s guilt towards the Jews of Europe and the Polish people and asked for forgiveness for what he himself had constantly resisted. All the more did his gesture of compassion and the recognition of German guilt and responsibility impress all those people in the world who had suffered torment, persecution and death by Germans during the...  ... When Willy Brandt fell to his knees: To this day an enduring appeal to keep on confronting the dark sides of one’s own national history

 
 
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28.11.2020

Hungary: Perfidious attack on the American-Jewish philanthropist George Soros and the European Union

Today, on an influential news website, Origo, the author and director of the renowned Petöfi Literary Museum, Szilárd Demeter, has written a perfidious attack on the American-Jewish philanthropist George Soros and the European Union. Demeter was enthroned as director of this important museum by the Orban government two years ago, after pro-government media had mounted a hate campaign and forced the previous director Gergely Pröhle to step down.  ... Hungary: Perfidious attack on the American-Jewish philanthropist George Soros and the European Union

 
 
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21.11.2020

“You aren’t the majority! We’re standing up for democracy and against hatred!”

It is with growing concern that Holocaust survivors are following the increasingly aggressive and potentially violent attitude at demonstrations by Covid-19 deniers in Leipzig and other places in the country. Increasing sections of demonstrators are clearly allowing themselves to be led by conspiracy lies that are anti-Semitic in essence and incite hatred towards Jews and democratic society.  ... “You aren’t the majority! We’re standing up for democracy and against hatred!”

 
 
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19.11.2020

The voice of his murdered fellow prisoners and family members: Paul Sobol has died

On 17 November, the Auschwitz survivor Paul Sobol died in Brussels aged 94. Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute as follows:  ... The voice of his murdered fellow prisoners and family members: Paul Sobol has died

 
 
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19.11.2020

Anniversary of the start of the Nuremburg Trials: “They marked the beginning, but they weren’t continued”

During these days, Holocaust survivors around the world are commemorating the 75th anniversary of the start of the Nuremburg Trials on 20 November 1945.  ... Anniversary of the start of the Nuremburg Trials: “They marked the beginning, but they weren’t continued”

 
 
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18.11.2020

AfD poisons the political atmosphere and ridicules victims of National Socialism

Commenting in Berlin on the current behaviour of the AfD in the context of the Covid-19 crisis, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... AfD poisons the political atmosphere and ridicules victims of National Socialism

 
 
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10.11.2020

Difficult to understand: Pegida demonstration on 9 November

Commenting in Berlin on the Pegida* demonstration on 9 November 2020 in Dresden, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Difficult to understand: Pegida demonstration on 9 November

 
 
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08.11.2020

Commemorating 9 November 1938: A call to constantly defend democracy and tolerance against hatred and complacency

In Berlin, while commemorating the Night of the November Pogroms on 9 November 1938, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Commemorating 9 November 1938: A call to constantly defend democracy and tolerance against hatred and complacency

 
 
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03.11.2020

He was an ambassador for tolerance and a person who gave courage to others: Justin Sonder has died

In his tribute to the Auschwitz survivor from Chemnitz, Justin Sonder, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... He was an ambassador for tolerance and a person who gave courage to others: Justin Sonder has died

 
 
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29.10.2020

A clear position on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party: Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension is exemplary and encouraging for the survivors of the Holocaust

In London today, the Equal and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) presented its report on anti-Semitic tendencies and incidents in the British Labour Party. And it revealed with commendable clarity the long-standing anti-Semitic tendencies and scandals within the party. As a consequence of the report, the former party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended as a party member by his successor Keir Starmer.  ... A clear position on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party: Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension is exemplary and encouraging for the survivors of the Holocaust

 
 
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26.10.2020

On the death of Thomas Oppermann

On the death of Thomas Oppermann, Vice President of Germany’s Federal Parliament the Bundestag and SPD politician, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute as follows:  ... On the death of Thomas Oppermann

 
 
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12.10.2020

Facebook will defend itself against Holocaust deniers in future: Decision of great symbolic significance

Auschwitz survivors throughout the world are welcoming Marc Zuckerberg’s decision to banish Holocaust denial from facebook pages. In view of facebook’s worldwide potential to influence people, and its numbers of users, this decision is long overdue.  ... Facebook will defend itself against Holocaust deniers in future: Decision of great symbolic significance

 
 
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07.10.2020

Ruth Klüger has died: We needed her for much longer

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute to Ruth Klüger:  ... Ruth Klüger has died: We needed her for much longer

 
 
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04.10.2020

Attack in Hamburg: Anti-Semitic hatred is eating its way deeper into the world

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, made the following statement after the attack on a Jewish student in front of the synagogue in Hamburg:  ... Attack in Hamburg: Anti-Semitic hatred is eating its way deeper into the world

 
 
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27.09.2020

The deadly attack in Halle and Yom Kippur: “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented”

Whilst at the Auschwitz Memorial Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee made the following statement about the first anniversary of the deadly attack in Halle and tomorrow’s High Holiday of Yom Kippur:  ... The deadly attack in Halle and Yom Kippur: “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented”

 
 
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25.09.2020

Undignified and ignorant of history: AfD man elected as chairman of Gera city council

Whilst at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on the election of the AfD representative Reinhard Etzrodt as chairman of Gera city council:  ... Undignified and ignorant of history: AfD man elected as chairman of Gera city council

 
 
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23.09.2020

The Federal Minister of the Interior must take a stand at last and investigate right-wing extremist incidents within the police forces

The International Auschwitz Committee renews its urgent demand for an independent investigative commission to look into the right-wing extremist incidents within the police.  ... The Federal Minister of the Interior must take a stand at last and investigate right-wing extremist incidents within the police forces

 
 
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16.09.2020

The police forces should have the greatest possible interest in freeing themselves from right-wing extremists

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the discovery of far-right groupings within the North Rhine-Westphalian police force:  ... The police forces should have the greatest possible interest in freeing themselves from right-wing extremists

 
 
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30.08.2020

Shocking scenes in front of the Reichstag Building: Standing up against attacks on the democratic state

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on yesterday’s Covid-19 demonstration:  ... Shocking scenes in front of the Reichstag Building: Standing up against attacks on the democratic state

 
 
 
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24.08.2020

Halle / Alsace / Erfurt / Oradour sur Glane / Graz: The states of Europe are still giving neo-Nazis and far-right extremists too much free rein

Auschwitz survivors are following the dramatic increase in anti-Semitic and right-wing extremist attacks in many European countries with growing concern. Attempts to attack or kill Jews, such as in Halle and Graz, the defacing of Jewish graves such as in Alsace in last December, or as now in Oradour sur Glane, a direct attack on one of the major remembrance sites in the French republic, the village where the SS murdered hundreds of French citizens and which today is a memorial to the victims of barbaric brutality under German occupation: First comes political indignation and the announcement...  ... Halle / Alsace / Erfurt / Oradour sur Glane / Graz: The states of Europe are still giving neo-Nazis and far-right extremists too much free rein

 
 
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22.08.2020

Attack on the memorial village of Oradour sur Glane: Not only the French government has to defend democracy and the dignity of the victims

Survivors of the Holocaust throughout the world are horrified and saddened by the news of the far-right attack on memorial village of Oradour sur Glane. Commenting in Berlin, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... Attack on the memorial village of Oradour sur Glane: Not only the French government has to defend democracy and the dignity of the victims

 
 
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21.08.2020

Odious comparisons: Court in Hamburg sentences website owner to pay damages

Doctor Christina Hänel from Giessen defended herself today in Hamburg’s Regional Court with an action for an injunction against the owners of the website Babycaust. The website compared abortions with the Holocaust saying they open the gate to Auschwitz. In her decision today the judge in Hamburg declared such comparisons illegal and sentenced the website owner to pay damages.  ... Odious comparisons: Court in Hamburg sentences website owner to pay damages

 
 
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03.08.2020

Brutal attack in Erfurt, twelve arrested but freed: International Auschwitz Committee calls to ban Der III. Weg (The Third Way)

During a visit to the Auschwitz Memorial Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the current situation of the far-right movement Der III. Weg (The Third Way) in Erfurt and the outrageous release without charge of twelve suspects following a brutal attack against three men from Guinea in front of a building known to the police as a venue for neo-Nazis. Mr Heubner said:  ... Brutal attack in Erfurt, twelve arrested but freed: International Auschwitz Committee calls to ban Der III. Weg (The Third Way)

 
 
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01.08.2020

High-ranking delegation visits the Memorial: Auschwitz remains on the global agenda

In Oswiecim, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee made the following statement before accompanying the joint delegation of Prof Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Dr Irmgard Schwaetzer (EKD/Protestant Church in Germany), Dr Joseph Schuster (Central Council of Jews in Germany) and Romani Rose (Central Council of German Sinti and Roma) in Oswiecim/Auschwitz:  ... High-ranking delegation visits the Memorial: Auschwitz remains on the global agenda

 
 
 
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23.07.2020

Stutthof trial: Shocked and outraged

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on the outcome of the Stutthof trial in Hamburg:  ... Stutthof trial: Shocked and outraged

 
 
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23.06.2020

A good day for democracy: The Neo-Nazi group ‘Nordadler’ has been banned as ‘confirmed right-wing extremist’

Commenting on the decision of the Federal Interior Minister to ban the ‘Nordadler’ group, and the decision of the Berlin Administrative Court on the ‘Identitäre Bewegung’ (identity movement), Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, stated:  ... A good day for democracy: The Neo-Nazi group ‘Nordadler’ has been banned as ‘confirmed right-wing extremist’

 
 
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19.06.2020

Inverted red triangle on Facebook: Donald Trump’s activities are despicable and without sense of history

Responding in Berlin to the American president’s election campaign team employing a Nazi symbol, the red inverted triangle marking political prisoners in concentration camps, and the subsequent removal of the adverts by Facebook, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stated:  ... Inverted red triangle on Facebook: Donald Trump’s activities are despicable and without sense of history

 
 
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03.06.2020

Mark Zuckerberg is blindly fumbling around in a world filled with racist and anti-Semitic hatred, blatant populist lies and far-right extremist conspiracy theories

Commenting on Mark Zuckerberg’s remarks on the conflict between Twitter and the American President, and labelling anti-Semitic contents and flagging posts glorifying violence on facebook itself, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said in Berlin:  ... Mark Zuckerberg is blindly fumbling around in a world filled with racist and anti-Semitic hatred, blatant populist lies and far-right extremist conspiracy theories

 
 
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29.05.2020

Press invitation: One year since the murder of Walter Lübcke: Symbolic renaming of Sigismundstrasse as Walter-Lübcke-Strasse on Whit Monday

On 2 June it will be one year since the murder of the president of the regional council in Kassel, Walter Lübcke. His death is one in a series of right-wing extremist acts of violence which documents, not only in Germany, the worldwide increase in hatred and the murderous propensity to violence on the part of Neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists.  ... Press invitation: One year since the murder of Walter Lübcke: Symbolic renaming of Sigismundstrasse as Walter-Lübcke-Strasse on Whit Monday

 
 
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22.05.2020

The film The Euphoria of Being, with Eva Fahidi, wins the Audience Award in Munich

In the Hungarian film The Euphoria of Being, the Hungarian-Jewish Auschwitz survivor Eva Fahidi meets her alter ego, the young dancer Emese Cuhorka. During the deeply moving process of increasing closeness, dialogue, combined movements and dance, the 94-year-old Eva Fahidi portrays her memories of her murdered family members and the horrific experiences in Auschwitz and the Münchmühle forced labour camp near Allendorf in Hesse. In a very literal sense, it is a moving process of memories that touches audiences around the world and leaves them almost breathless.  ... The film The Euphoria of Being, with Eva Fahidi, wins the Audience Award in Munich

 
 
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19.05.2020

Armbands, Stars of David, Auschwitz analogies: Deceptive comparisons at ‘hygiene demonstrations’ are outrageous and wrong

Holocaust survivors are becoming increasingly disturbed by images of so-called hygiene demonstrations, where demonstrators are drawing on Nazi symbols and contents to attract attention and describe their supposed persecution in the current situation. The slogan displayed in Freiburg “Vaccination makes you free” deliberately creates absurd parallels between the protestors’ personal situation and the situation in Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp with its inscription above the main gate “Arbeit macht frei” (work makes you free). Equally absurd are the links with the crimes of SS...  ... Armbands, Stars of David, Auschwitz analogies: Deceptive comparisons at ‘hygiene demonstrations’ are outrageous and wrong

 
 
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11.05.2020

Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are growing in the debate surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic: “Once again it’s the Jew’s fault”

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, made a statement concerning the growth of conspiracy theories in the debate surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic:  ... Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are growing in the debate surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic: “Once again it’s the Jew’s fault”

 
 
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07.05.2020

The Auschwitz survivor Dorota Flug has died: She had trust and confidence that, based on the knowledge of their own responsibility, the people in Germany would develop a realistic and grateful awareness of their own liberation

Auschwitz survivors around the globe are deeply saddened and are mourning the death of another companion, a witness of the times and a wise friend. Dorota Flug died on 1 May in Jerusalem aged 94, just a few days before the international day of remembrance for 8 May 1945. The people in Germany have much to thank her for during these days surrounding the United Nations’ Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation on 8 - 9 May.  ... The Auschwitz survivor Dorota Flug has died: She had trust and confidence that, based on the knowledge of their own responsibility, the people in Germany would develop a realistic and grateful awareness of their own liberation

 
 
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02.05.2020

On the death of the French Auschwitz survivor Liliane Badour-Esrail: "Without Liliane the world has become a little darker."

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, made the following statement after receiving news of the death of the French Auschwitz survivor Liliane Badour-Esrail:  ... On the death of the French Auschwitz survivor Liliane Badour-Esrail: "Without Liliane the world has become a little darker."

 
 
 
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08.04.2020

75. rocznica wyzwolenia Buchenwaldu w dniu 11 kwietnia 2020 r.: Honorowe obywatelstwo miasta dla Evy Fahidi i Ivana Ivanjiego

Ocaleni z Oświęcimia i Buchenwaldu na całym świecie z wielką radością i uwagą przyjęli gest Weimaru nadania honorowego obywatelstwa miasta Węgierce żydowskiego pochodzenia, ocalonej z Oświęcimia i Buchenwaldu Evie Fahidi, oraz Serbowi żydowskiego pochodzenia, ocalonemu z Oświęcimia i Buchenwaldu Ivanovi Ivanjiemu, szczególnie w kontekście odwołania obchodów 75. rocznicy wyzwolenia obozu w Buchenwaldzie.  ... 75. rocznica wyzwolenia Buchenwaldu w dniu 11 kwietnia 2020 r.: Honorowe obywatelstwo miasta dla Evy Fahidi i Ivana Ivanjiego

 
 
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29.03.2020

Nie żyje polski kompozytor Krzysztof Penderecki: oświetlał ciemności oraz piękno świata

W związku ze śmiercią polskiego kompozytora Krzysztofa Pendereckiego Christoph Heubner, wiceprzewodniczący Międzynarodowego Komitetu Oświęcimskiego, podkreślił w Berlinie:  ... Nie żyje polski kompozytor Krzysztof Penderecki: oświetlał ciemności oraz piękno świata

 
 
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12.03.2020

The extreme right-wing of the AfD, Der Flügel is being observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution: “An encouraging and important signal”

In view of the current growth of right-wing extremist threats in Europe, Holocaust survivors in the International Auschwitz Committee are gretaly relieved to know that Germany’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution has now placed the right-wing extremist faction of the AfD, Der Flügel (The Wing), under observation, thus making it clear that democracy is taking the current threat by extreme right-wing groupings seriously and is taking a decisive stand against them.  ... The extreme right-wing of the AfD, Der Flügel is being observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution: “An encouraging and important signal”

 
 
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06.03.2020

Before the eyes of the EU: Orban removes books by the writer and Auschwitz survivor Imre Kertesz from the curriculum in Hungarian schools

Auschwitz survivors are angry and shocked at the continuing consolidation of dictatorial trends that are being promoted in Hungary by Viktor Orban. Whilst in Europe the dangers and threats to European societies by extreme right-wing and racist groups and parties are becoming increasingly evident, the Hungarian autocrat Orban is working surreptitiously, yet before the eyes of Europe. He is continuing to take every opportunity to eradicate critical thought from the public sphere. He is also helping to revive the old toxic vocabulary and phrases of dictatorship, National Socialism and their...  ... Before the eyes of the EU: Orban removes books by the writer and Auschwitz survivor Imre Kertesz from the curriculum in Hungarian schools

 
 
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02.03.2020

Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust: Opening of the Vatican archives long overdue

Auschwitz survivors around the world are welcoming the opening of the Vatican archives, the conclusions concerning Pope Pius XII’s attitude towards the Holocaust, and the participation of the Catholic Church in aiding Nazi perpetrators to escape from Germany to South America via so-called rat lines.  ... Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust: Opening of the Vatican archives long overdue

 
 
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20.02.2020

Hanau: nowadays anyone can take Auschwitz into their own hands.

Commenting on the murders in Hanau, Hessen, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stressed:  ... Hanau: nowadays anyone can take Auschwitz into their own hands.

 
 
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07.02.2020

Erfurt and Berlin: Democracy is under pressure from the right

Holocaust survivors in the International Auschwitz Committee are following the political developments in Erfurt and Berlin with great interest. After the events in Thuringia, they are grateful that especially in Germany the immense political outrage and spontaneous actions of many citizens have managed to stabilize the democratic boundaries against the extreme right and have shown the red card to politicians who were willing to work together with right-wing extremists in parliament simply for calculated power-political reasons.  ... Erfurt and Berlin: Democracy is under pressure from the right

 
 
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06.02.2020

Herr Höcke is making the government in Thuringia

Commenting on the state premier elections in Thuringia, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stated in Berlin:  ... Herr Höcke is making the government in Thuringia

 
 
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06.02.2020

Thuringia: complete failure through ambition, opportunism and political blindness

On the day after the democratic parties in Thuringia completely failed in the confrontation with the right-wing extremists in the state parliament, due to ambition, opportunism and political blindness, the politicians are experiencing a huge loss of respect and credibility well beyond Germany, and it is damaging to democracy.  ... Thuringia: complete failure through ambition, opportunism and political blindness

 
 
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03.02.2020

Proposal from Poland: Nobel Peace Prize for Marian Turski

Following the speech by the Auschwitz survivor Marian Turski marking the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz on 27 January 2020, an initiative has nominated the 93-year-old Auschwitz survivor and Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee for the Nobel Peace Prize 2020.  ... Proposal from Poland: Nobel Peace Prize for Marian Turski

 
 
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25.01.2020

75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: Contact the International Auschwitz Committee


Christoph Heubner
, Executive Vice President of the IAC, can be reached during the remembrance ceremonies for the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz via his cell phone: 0049 172 393 22 62.
 
 
 

For further information:

Christoph Heubner
Executive Vice President
International Auschwitz Committee

mobil ++49 . 172 . 393 22 62