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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

 
 
September 7 - Rosh ha-Shanah 2021: Celebrating the Jewish New Year 5782, we wish everyone Shanah Tovah! A happy and prosperous new year!
07.09.2021

September 7 - Rosh ha-Shanah 2021

Celebrating the Jewish New Year 5782, we wish everyone Shanah Tovah! A happy and prosperous new year!  ... September 7 - Rosh ha-Shanah 2021

 
 
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/SCHROEWIG
30.08.2021

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.  ... International Auschwitz Committee Memorial Ceremony for Roman Kent in Berlin

 
 
Trailer cinema documentary Walter Kaufmann - What a life!
26.08.2021

Movie tip: Walter Kaufmann - What a life!

Feature documentary only in movie theatres. Walter Kaufmann died on April 15, 2021 at the age of 97 in Berlin.  ... Movie tip: Walter Kaufmann - What a life!

 
 
‘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: