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Press Information published by the International Auschwitz Committee


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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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.

Suppression, downplaying and occasional arousal against the background of the very worrying development of anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism are no longer acceptable. Especially since citizens are expecting clear, active and steadfast responses from the state, the police and the courts, as opposed to any form of bleary-eyed backing away.

On the side lines of a seminar in Werdau with young trainees from Volkswagen, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:

"Jewish people not only in Germany, but also in many other European countries, have long since been living with an everyday backdrop of violence in the shape of anti-Semitic graffiti and threats. The hatred spread via the Internet kindles hatred on the streets, and the hatred on the streets feeds into the Internat. This hatred is local and international at the same time. It has become a widespread, continually growing security risk in democratic societies around the world.

In addition to the very welcome, increased efforts of Federal Criminal Police Office and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the Auschwitz survivors are urgently calling on the Federal Government to use its presence in the United Nations and the Security Council by putting this dramatically changed situation on the world agenda and pushing for new joint analyses and activities in the fight against cyber hate."


For further Information

Christoph Heubner

Executive Vice President
International Auschwitz Committee
Phone ++ 49 (0)30 26 39 26 81