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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

 
 
 
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
28.06.2022

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

 
 
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

 
 
Trio to Remember with Christoph Heubner (clockwise): Natsuko Inada, Detlef Landeck, Christoph Heubner, Jens Dembowski. Photos: Gabriele Nielsen (Kulturzentrum Schlachthof)
17.06.2022
 
 
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
16.06.2022

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

 
 
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

 
 
Emil Farkas, Israel. Survivor of Sachsenhausen concentration camp and witness in the criminal proceedings against concentration camp guard Josef Schütz. Image: KGS/IAC Berlin
23.05.2022

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.  ... 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.

 
 
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.