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01.08.2019

Anger and despair: remembering the Sinti and Roma people who were murdered in Auschwitz

The survivors of Auschwitz are now remembering the indescribable sufferings and murders of the Sinti and Roma prisoners in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Just like the Jews of Europe, the Sinti and Roma peoples were scheduled to be extinguished from the face of the earth.  ... Anger and despair: remembering the Sinti and Roma people who were murdered in Auschwitz

 
 
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28.07.2019

Extreme right-wing violence not restricted to Germany: remembering the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Auschwitz survivor and writer Primo Levi

In Berlin, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, gave a statement on the development of right-wing extremism and the views of the Holocaust survivors who are remembering the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Auschwitz survivor and writer Primo Levi, who died in 1987:  ... Extreme right-wing violence not restricted to Germany: remembering the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Auschwitz survivor and writer Primo Levi

 
 
 
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20.07.2019

On the death of Agnes Heller: we will miss her critical, illuminating mind, especially in these times

Holocaust survivors in Hungary and many other countries are bidding farewell with sorrow and gratitude to their great companion and fellow sufferer, who died yesterday aged 90 years. Agnes Heller experienced the horrors of the Holocaust from both the German and the Hungarian sides. As one of only a few from her family, she managed to escape the deportations and the gas chambers of Auschwitz together with her mother. All of her philosophical work stems from the incisiveness and clarity of these memories. Into her old age, this worldwide respected philosopher was repeatedly subjected to...  ... On the death of Agnes Heller: we will miss her critical, illuminating mind, especially in these times

 
 
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17.07.2019

Abhorrence and dismay: offensive attitude of Italy’s Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini, creates space for racists

It is with abhorrence and dismay that Auschwitz survivors around the globe are following the increasingly offensive attitude and remarks of Italy’s Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini. They are equally apprehensive about Salvini’s blindness towards the far right: the activities of Neo-Nazi groups in Italy, as well as their acquisition of weapons, are of no interest, since he knows they are on his side.  ... Abhorrence and dismay: offensive attitude of Italy’s Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini, creates space for racists

 
 
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22.06.2019

Right-wing extremism: Current developments in Germany

Holocaust survivors are very disconcerted and worried by the news from Germany. In view of the spiritless attitudes in politics and society, they are asking themselves whether the significantly increasing potential for right-wing hatred and violence has been played down and underestimated for far too long.  ... Right-wing extremism: Current developments in Germany

 
 
 
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08.05.2019

It is time to turn out in high numbers: open letter to the young people of Europe

Today, on 8 May, Auschwitz survivors in the International Auschwitz Committee are sending an open letter to the young people of Europe. They are urging them to use their votes wisely in the upcoming European elections, and to oppose parties that are aiming to undermine and destroy Europe through collective right-wing populist and extremist movements with their notoriously toxic strategies of fear, hatred and exclusion.  ... It is time to turn out in high numbers: open letter to the young people of Europe

 
 
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13.04.2019

100th anniversary of the Bauhaus: "Architect of mass murder" in Auschwitz

Simply by studying at the Bauhaus and encountering the creative and cosmopolitan approach of the founders and teachers in Dessau was clearly not enough to prevent this humane and artistic approach from being transformed into the opposite in later professional life. In fact it even became possible to implement the basic teachings of the Bauhaus for the crimes of the SS in Auschwitz. For instance, the Austrian architect Fritz Ertl, who was born in 1908 and studied at the Bauhaus from 1928 to 1931, rose to become deputy chief of the SS Central Planning and Construction Office in Auschwitz in...  ... 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus: "Architect of mass murder" in Auschwitz

 
 
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13.12.2018

Auschwitz survivor Noah Klieger has died in Israel

Auschwitz survivors throughout the world are saddened by the death of their friend and companion Noah Klieger who passed away today in Israel aged 92.  ... Auschwitz survivor Noah Klieger has died in Israel

 
 
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11.12.2018

Majdanek trial in Frankfurt am Main: outrage at court’s inaction

Holocaust survivors in the International Auschwitz Committee are carefully watching the Majdanek court proceedings in Frankfurt am Main. They are filled with incomprehension and growing anger by the court’s inactivity in the pending proceedings against a 90-year-old former member of the SS at Majdanek concentration camp. He is due to appear in court on charges of participating in the so-called "Aktion Erntefest" (Operation Harvest Festival).  ... Majdanek trial in Frankfurt am Main: outrage at court’s inaction

 
 
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10.10.2018

Gauland retracing Hitler’s tracks: the need to recognize the AfD for what it is

The Holocaust survivors are not surprised by the fact that Herr Gauland’s political twists and turns are clearly retracing Hitler’s tracks and that his worldview is digging deep into the stockpile of Nazi propaganda.  ... Gauland retracing Hitler’s tracks: the need to recognize the AfD for what it is

 
 
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26.09.2018

Ida Grinspan has died

The Auschwitz survivor Ida Grinspan passed away during the night of 24 September in Paris. She was 88 years old. The politician, Delphine Batho, published the ‘very sad news’ about the death ‘of her friend’ on Twitter, and paid tribute to her as an ‘outstandingly courageous personality and a lover of life’.  ... Ida Grinspan has died

 
 
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24.09.2018

Right-wing extremism has long since returned as an independent force within German society in the wake of the AfD

Holocaust survivors in the International Auschwitz Committee are watching carefully as they see their fears more than confirmed by the one-year activities of the AfD in the German Bundestag. The party has managed to place its stamp of aggressiveness and brutalisation on many debates in Germany, and at the same time has attracted even more extreme and anti-Semitic forces.  ... Right-wing extremism has long since returned as an independent force within German society in the wake of the AfD

 
 
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20.09.2018

On the death of the French Auschwitz survivor and film director Marceline Loridan-Ivens

It is with heavy hearts and deepest gratitude that Auschwitz survivors around the world are bidding farewell to the French-Jewish Auschwitz survivor Marceline Loridan-Ivens who, together with her father, was deported to Auschwitz in 1943 as Marceline Rosenfeld, age 15. She also survived the death march to Bergen-Belsen in January 1945. In May 1945, at the age of 17, she was liberated from the death camp of Theresienstadt Ghetto. After her return to France she began her career in filmmaking, especially as an assistant to documentary film makers. She later married the film director Joris Ivens.
 
 
 

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Christoph Heubner
Executive Vice President
International Auschwitz Committee

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