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The International Auschwitz Committee is an association of Auschwitz survivors and their organizations. The International Auschwitz Committee unites organizations, foundations and Holocaust survivors from 19 countries. The office of the IAC is located in Berlin. The current president of the IAC is Auschwitz survivor Marian Turski, Warsaw.

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

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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
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:

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Reportage from the 16th General Assembly of the IAK in Auschwitz-Birkenau, where the 96-year-old Polish-Jewish Auschwitz survivor Marian Turski was re-elected President of the International Auschwitz Committee. Photo: Bernd Oertwig
Reportage from the 16th General Assembly of the IAK in Auschwitz-Birkenau, where the 96-year-old Polish-Jewish Auschwitz survivor Marian Turski was re-elected President of the International Auschwitz Committee. Photo: Bernd Oertwig 

2.11.2022

Reportage from the 16th General Assembly of IAC in Auschwitz Birkenau.

The Ascend of the Second Generation

Don´t be indifferent, indifference kills

At the assembly of the oldest organization uniting Holocaust survivors, lessons from the Holocaust pertaining to today´s Ukraine and calls to fight for liberal democracy in Europe were sounded.

An observation by Michaela Rozov, member of the delegation of the Auschwitz Committee of the Czech Republic

 

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Holocaust Memorial Berlin. Image: KGS / IAC Berlin
Holocaust Memorial Berlin. Image: KGS / IAC Berlin
 

October 11, 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:

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Nobel Peace Prize 2022, Oslo, 7 Oct. 2022. Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chairman of the Nobel Committee, poses with a picture of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Ales Bialiatski, the logo of the human rights organization Memorial and the Center for Civil Liberties. The winners of this year’s Peace Prize were announced at the Nobel Institute in Oslo on Friday, 7 October 2022. Image: Imago / Heiko Junge / NTB Oslo Norway
Nobel Peace Prize 2022, Oslo, 7 Oct. 2022. Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chairman of the Nobel Committee, poses with a picture of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Ales Bialiatski, the logo of the human rights organization Memorial and the Center for Civil Liberties. The winners of this year’s Peace Prize were announced at the Nobel Institute in Oslo on Friday, 7 October 2022. Image: Imago / Heiko Junge / NTB Oslo Norway
 

October 7, 2022

Nobel Peace Prize 2022 awarded to Belarussian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the Russian human rights organization Memorial and the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties.

Commenting on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:

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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
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
 

September 26, 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:

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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
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
 

September 25, 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:

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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
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
 

September 20, 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.

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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
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 

September 11, 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 in recognition of the recipient’s commitment to promoting tolerance and combatting anti-Semitic hatred, intolerance and xenophobia. Meanwhile, the statue has been presented to numerous recipients including Angela Merkel, Shimon Peres, Ban Ki-moon, Pope Francis, and the pianist Igor Levit.

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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
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  

Septembert 7, 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.

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

August 22, 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:

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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.
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. 

August 18, 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.

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

August 16, 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:

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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
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 

August 8, 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.

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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
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 

August 5, 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.

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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
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  

July 29, 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:

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

July 27, 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.

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

July 26, 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:

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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
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 

July 21, 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:

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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.
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. 

July 16, 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.

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documenta fifteen Friedrichplatz Kassel: The banner by the Indonesian artists’ collective Taring Padi with explicit anti-Semitic imagery has been removed, leaving the empty  scaffolding. Afterwards, the artists of Taring Padi destroyed the giant figures and removed the remains. Image: IMAGO / Hartenfelser
documenta fifteen Friedrichplatz Kassel: The banner by the Indonesian artists’ collective Taring Padi with explicit anti-Semitic imagery has been removed, leaving the empty scaffolding. Afterwards, the artists of Taring Padi destroyed the giant figures and removed the remains. Image: IMAGO / Hartenfelser 

July 9, 2022

Taking the bull by the horns: Discussion about documenta’s unprecedented blunder

Trainees stage performance against anti-Semitism at the Kunsthaus Göttingen.

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Emil Farkas, Israel. Survivor of Sachsenhausen concentration camp and witness in the trial of SS guard Josef Schütz. The 101-year-old former camp guard was sentenced to five years in prison for being an accessory to the murder of 3,500 people in Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Image: KGS/IAC Berlin
Emil Farkas, Israel. Survivor of Sachsenhausen concentration camp and witness in the trial of SS guard Josef Schütz. The 101-year-old former camp guard was sentenced to five years in prison for being an accessory to the murder of 3,500 people in Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Image: KGS/IAC Berlin
 

June 28, 2022

Accessory to murder of thousands. SS guard from Sachsenhausen sentenced to five years in jail.

“The level of the sentence is not the decisive factor for the descendants. The fact that a judgement has been passed at all is the most important factor.” These were the words of Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee when commenting on the sentencing of a former SS guard in SS concentration camp.

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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
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 

June 21, 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:

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Trio to Remember with Christoph Heubner (clockwise): Natsuko Inada, Detlef Landeck, Christoph Heubner, Jens Dembowski. Photos: Gabriele Nielsen (Kulturzentrum Schlachthof)
Trio to Remember with Christoph Heubner (clockwise): Natsuko Inada, Detlef Landeck, Christoph Heubner, Jens Dembowski. Photos: Gabriele Nielsen (Kulturzentrum Schlachthof) 

July 2, 2022

July 2, 2022 Literaturhaus Göttingen: “Christoph Heubner and the Trio to Remember – Music and lyrics against forgetting”

Artist Special: “Christoph Heubner and the Trio to Remember – Music and lyrics against forgetting” Literaturhaus Göttingen.

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IAC Vice President Christoph Heubner and exhibition organizer and documentarian Michèle Déodat present their exhibition "Institute to remember" at the Kunsthaus Göttingen. Image: Kunsthaus Göttingen, Christoph Heubner, KGS/IAC Berlin
IAC Vice President Christoph Heubner and exhibition organizer and documentarian Michèle Déodat present their exhibition "Institute to remember" at the Kunsthaus Göttingen. Image: Kunsthaus Göttingen, Christoph Heubner, KGS/IAC Berlin 

June 18 – September 25, 2022

Exhibition "Institute to remember" at Kunsthaus Göttingen June 18 – September 25, 2022

IAC Vice President Christoph Heubner and exhibition organizer and documentarian Michèle Déodat present their exhibition "Institute to remember" at the Kunsthaus Göttingen.

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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
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 

June 15, 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":

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

June 15, 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:

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

June 11, 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:

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

June 1, 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:

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Emil Farkas, Israel. Survivor of Sachsenhausen concentration camp and witness in the criminal proceedings against concentration camp guard Josef Schütz. Image: KGS/IAC Berlin
Emil Farkas, Israel. Survivor of Sachsenhausen concentration camp and witness in the criminal proceedings against concentration camp guard Josef Schütz. Image: KGS/IAC Berlin 

23.5.2022

Plea in the criminal proceedings against concentration camp guard Josef Schütz, who is charged with aiding and abetting the murder of 3518 prisoners in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

Today, Monday, May 23, 2022, attorney Thomas Walther pleads before the Regional Court of Neuruppin, sitting in Brandenburg, in the trial of concentration camp guard Josef Schütz, who is charged with aiding and abetting the murder of 3518 prisoners in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

Download of the plea:

English

German

French

Hebrew

 

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

9.5.2022

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.

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

3.5.2022

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

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.

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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 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:
 

28.4.2022

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:

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

27.4.2022

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.

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Letter from Marian Turski to French President Emmanuel Macron. Image: KGS/IAC Berlin
Letter from Marian Turski to French President Emmanuel Macron. Image: KGS/IAC Berlin 

25.4.2022

The President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Marian Turski, congratulates President Emmanuel Macron on the re-election

Letter from Marian Turski to French President Emmanuel Macron.

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

24.3.2022

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.

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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
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 

22.3.2022

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:

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

14.3.2022

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.

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

9.3.2022

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:

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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/IAK Berlin
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/IAK Berlin 

9.3.2022

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:

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Statement of the International Committee Buchenwald, Dora and Command IKBD on the invasion of Ukraine. Image ICBD, IAC Berlin
Statement of the International Committee Buchenwald, Dora and Command IKBD on the invasion of Ukraine. Image ICBD, IAC Berlin 

8.3.2022

Statement of the International Committee Buchenwald, Dora and Kommandos ICBD concerning the invasion of Ukraine.

Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

We, representatives of the International Committee Buchenwald, Dora and Kommandos ICBD, hereby inform you of our statement concerning the invasion of Ukraine.

We thank you for the attention you will give to this statement and we invite you to give it the widest possible diffusion.

Very respectfully

Eva Pusztay, Naftali Fürst, Vasile Nuzsbaum, survivors of the nazi camps, members of the ICBD, together with their camp inmates,

The Executive Bureau and other delegations of the ICBD

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

2.3.2022

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:

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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
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 

27.2.2022

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:

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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
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 

19.2.2022

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:

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Władysław Bartoszewski Image: https://dzieje.pl TSCHÜSS. Grygiel
Władysław Bartoszewski Image: https://dzieje.pl TSCHÜSS. Grygiel 

18.2.2022

Homage to Władysław Bartoszewski by Marian Turski

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski would have turned 100 on February 19. In his tribute to Władysław Bartoszewski, Marian Turski pays tribute to the Auschwitz survivor and great Polish statesman.

to the homage to Wladyslaw Bartoszewski 

to the press release of the International Auschwitz Committee

 
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
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 

9.2.2022

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:

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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
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 

5.2.2022

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:

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

29.1.2022

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.

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

26.1.2022

77th 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:

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the International Auschwitz Committee's memorial service for Roman Kent at the State Representation of Lower Saxony. Photo: Eva Oertwig, IAC
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the International Auschwitz Committee's memorial service for Roman Kent at the State Representation of Lower Saxony. Photo: Eva Oertwig, IAC 

30 August 2021: International Auschwitz Committee Memorial Ceremony for Roman Kent in Berlin

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier paid tribute to the former President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Roman Kent, as a champion of the rights of the Shoah survivors.

“His legacy obliges us to oppose antisemitism and racism of all kinds.” Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave this assurance at the memorial ceremony for Roman Kent. The President of the International Auschwitz Committee passed away in May at the age of 92. President Steinmeier said it is with “profound sadness and immense gratitude” that he remembers Roman Kent. And he warned that Auschwitz marked not only the experience of the monstrous in human form, but also the recognition that “the beast lurks in us all”.

Roman Kent experienced the abysses of humanity, and became a “pragmatic, strongly assertive champion of the rights and needs of the survivors”. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Roman Kent reminded us of Auschwitz, and “as President of the International Auschwitz Committee, he did not mince his words about Auschwitz. He spoke out more powerfully than almost anyone else with his warnings about what exactly happened there”.

Click here for the video of the memorial ceremony for Roman Kent: IAK YouTube Kanal

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