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07.10.2019

Renewed destruction of a remembrance site in Zwickau: Trainees from Volkswagen plant new trees

Speaking in Berlin on the renewed destruction of a remembrance site dedicated to victims of the right-wing extremist terror group NSU (National Socialist Underground) in Zwickau, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Renewed destruction of a remembrance site in Zwickau: Trainees from Volkswagen plant new trees

 
 
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24.09.2019

Each one of the 29 pending proceedings involving Nazi perpetrators in Germany leads to greater justice. But the statement by the regional court in Wuppertal is poor testimony

According to the programme Panorama, there are currently 29 pending proceedings involving Nazi perpetrators. During a stay at the Auschwitz Memorial Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on the situation:  ... Each one of the 29 pending proceedings involving Nazi perpetrators in Germany leads to greater justice. But the statement by the regional court in Wuppertal is poor testimony

 
 
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19.09.2019

Naive and blind to history: The IAC reacts to the increasing parliamentary cooperation between mainstream political parties and the AfD

Holocaust survivors are becoming increasingly concerned that in Germany the bitter experiences and horrific consequences of the years under the Nazi regime are fading in people’s consciousness. Current political dangers are no longer being recognized.  ... Naive and blind to history: The IAC reacts to the increasing parliamentary cooperation between mainstream political parties and the AfD

 
 
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14.09.2019

Tribute to György Konrad: He gave a clear, intense and captivating voice to the history of all Holocaust survivors

On the death of the Hungarian-Jewish writer György Konrad, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee paid tribute in Berlin as follows:  ... Tribute to György Konrad: He gave a clear, intense and captivating voice to the history of all Holocaust survivors

 
 
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01.09.2019

“We want to do things better”: in Auschwitz / Oswiecim young people from Germany and Poland commemorate the anniversary of the invasion of Poland

A week ago, trainees from Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Emden and Osnabrück, and Polish vocational college students from Bielsko Biala, started working together on a Memorial Project organized by the International Auschwitz Committee at the Auschwitz Memorial. They are involved in conservation work at the former concentration camp and extermination centre in efforts to preserve the traces of the Jewish people who were murdered there.  ... “We want to do things better”: in Auschwitz / Oswiecim young people from Germany and Poland commemorate the anniversary of the invasion of Poland

 
 
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20.08.2019

New concept for the Federal Criminal Police Office and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution: Germany must put cyber hate on the international agenda

Auschwitz survivors are grateful that Germany now intends to develop a new concept, based on reality, in order to pursue a stronger and more resolute course in combatting far-right extremist hatred and violence. The assessments made by the Federal Criminal Police Office and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution are long overdue in view of the fact that this hatred has already established itself in the middle of society as an everyday occurrence.  ... New concept for the Federal Criminal Police Office and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution: Germany must put cyber hate on the international agenda

 
 
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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...
 
 
 

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Executive Vice President
International Auschwitz Committee

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