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24.08.2020

Halle / Alsace / Erfurt / Oradour sur Glane / Graz: The states of Europe are still giving neo-Nazis and far-right extremists too much free rein

Auschwitz survivors are following the dramatic increase in anti-Semitic and right-wing extremist attacks in many European countries with growing concern. Attempts to attack or kill Jews, such as in Halle and Graz, the defacing of Jewish graves such as in Alsace in last December, or as now in Oradour sur Glane, a direct attack on one of the major remembrance sites in the French republic, the village where the SS murdered hundreds of French citizens and which today is a memorial to the victims of barbaric brutality under German occupation: First comes political indignation and the announcement...  ... Halle / Alsace / Erfurt / Oradour sur Glane / Graz: The states of Europe are still giving neo-Nazis and far-right extremists too much free rein

 
 
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22.08.2020

Attack on the memorial village of Oradour sur Glane: Not only the French government has to defend democracy and the dignity of the victims

Survivors of the Holocaust throughout the world are horrified and saddened by the news of the far-right attack on memorial village of Oradour sur Glane. Commenting in Berlin, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... Attack on the memorial village of Oradour sur Glane: Not only the French government has to defend democracy and the dignity of the victims

 
 
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21.08.2020

Odious comparisons: Court in Hamburg sentences website owner to pay damages

Doctor Christina Hänel from Giessen defended herself today in Hamburg’s Regional Court with an action for an injunction against the owners of the website Babycaust. The website compared abortions with the Holocaust saying they open the gate to Auschwitz. In her decision today the judge in Hamburg declared such comparisons illegal and sentenced the website owner to pay damages.  ... Odious comparisons: Court in Hamburg sentences website owner to pay damages

 
 
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03.08.2020

Brutal attack in Erfurt, twelve arrested but freed: International Auschwitz Committee calls to ban Der III. Weg (The Third Way)

During a visit to the Auschwitz Memorial Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the current situation of the far-right movement Der III. Weg (The Third Way) in Erfurt and the outrageous release without charge of twelve suspects following a brutal attack against three men from Guinea in front of a building known to the police as a venue for neo-Nazis. Mr Heubner said:  ... Brutal attack in Erfurt, twelve arrested but freed: International Auschwitz Committee calls to ban Der III. Weg (The Third Way)

 
 
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01.08.2020

High-ranking delegation visits the Memorial: Auschwitz remains on the global agenda

In Oswiecim, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee made the following statement before accompanying the joint delegation of Prof Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Dr Irmgard Schwaetzer (EKD/Protestant Church in Germany), Dr Joseph Schuster (Central Council of Jews in Germany) and Romani Rose (Central Council of German Sinti and Roma) in Oswiecim/Auschwitz:  ... High-ranking delegation visits the Memorial: Auschwitz remains on the global agenda

 
 
 
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23.07.2020

Stutthof trial: Shocked and outraged

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on the outcome of the Stutthof trial in Hamburg:  ... Stutthof trial: Shocked and outraged

 
 
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23.06.2020

A good day for democracy: The Neo-Nazi group ‘Nordadler’ has been banned as ‘confirmed right-wing extremist’

Commenting on the decision of the Federal Interior Minister to ban the ‘Nordadler’ group, and the decision of the Berlin Administrative Court on the ‘Identitäre Bewegung’ (identity movement), Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, stated:  ... A good day for democracy: The Neo-Nazi group ‘Nordadler’ has been banned as ‘confirmed right-wing extremist’

 
 
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19.06.2020

Inverted red triangle on Facebook: Donald Trump’s activities are despicable and without sense of history

Responding in Berlin to the American president’s election campaign team employing a Nazi symbol, the red inverted triangle marking political prisoners in concentration camps, and the subsequent removal of the adverts by Facebook, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stated:  ... Inverted red triangle on Facebook: Donald Trump’s activities are despicable and without sense of history

 
 
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03.06.2020

Mark Zuckerberg is blindly fumbling around in a world filled with racist and anti-Semitic hatred, blatant populist lies and far-right extremist conspiracy theories

Commenting on Mark Zuckerberg’s remarks on the conflict between Twitter and the American President, and labelling anti-Semitic contents and flagging posts glorifying violence on facebook itself, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said in Berlin:  ... Mark Zuckerberg is blindly fumbling around in a world filled with racist and anti-Semitic hatred, blatant populist lies and far-right extremist conspiracy theories

 
 
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29.05.2020

Press invitation: One year since the murder of Walter Lübcke: Symbolic renaming of Sigismundstrasse as Walter-Lübcke-Strasse on Whit Monday

On 2 June it will be one year since the murder of the president of the regional council in Kassel, Walter Lübcke. His death is one in a series of right-wing extremist acts of violence which documents, not only in Germany, the worldwide increase in hatred and the murderous propensity to violence on the part of Neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists.  ... Press invitation: One year since the murder of Walter Lübcke: Symbolic renaming of Sigismundstrasse as Walter-Lübcke-Strasse on Whit Monday

 
 
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22.05.2020

The film The Euphoria of Being, with Eva Fahidi, wins the Audience Award in Munich

In the Hungarian film The Euphoria of Being, the Hungarian-Jewish Auschwitz survivor Eva Fahidi meets her alter ego, the young dancer Emese Cuhorka. During the deeply moving process of increasing closeness, dialogue, combined movements and dance, the 94-year-old Eva Fahidi portrays her memories of her murdered family members and the horrific experiences in Auschwitz and the Münchmühle forced labour camp near Allendorf in Hesse. In a very literal sense, it is a moving process of memories that touches audiences around the world and leaves them almost breathless.  ... The film The Euphoria of Being, with Eva Fahidi, wins the Audience Award in Munich

 
 
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19.05.2020

Armbands, Stars of David, Auschwitz analogies: Deceptive comparisons at ‘hygiene demonstrations’ are outrageous and wrong

Holocaust survivors are becoming increasingly disturbed by images of so-called hygiene demonstrations, where demonstrators are drawing on Nazi symbols and contents to attract attention and describe their supposed persecution in the current situation. The slogan displayed in Freiburg “Vaccination makes you free” deliberately creates absurd parallels between the protestors’ personal situation and the situation in Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp with its inscription above the main gate “Arbeit macht frei” (work makes you free). Equally absurd are the links with the crimes of SS...  ... Armbands, Stars of David, Auschwitz analogies: Deceptive comparisons at ‘hygiene demonstrations’ are outrageous and wrong

 
 
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11.05.2020

Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are growing in the debate surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic: “Once again it’s the Jew’s fault”

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, made a statement concerning the growth of conspiracy theories in the debate surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic:  ... Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are growing in the debate surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic: “Once again it’s the Jew’s fault”

 
 
Dorata Flug © Boris Buchholz
07.05.2020

The Auschwitz survivor Dorota Flug has died: She had trust and confidence that, based on the knowledge of their own responsibility, the people in Germany would develop a realistic and grateful awareness of their own liberation

Auschwitz survivors around the globe are deeply saddened and are mourning the death of another companion, a witness of the times and a wise friend. Dorota Flug died on 1 May in Jerusalem aged 94, just a few days before the international day of remembrance for 8 May 1945. The people in Germany have much to thank her for during these days surrounding the United Nations’ Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation on 8 - 9 May.
 
 
 

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Christoph Heubner
Executive Vice President
International Auschwitz Committee

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