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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:  ... Fears are mounting: Attack on the synagogue in Ulm

 
 
Christoph Heubner in August 2017 at the Auschwitz Memorial (Block 11 /Death Wall (Execution Wall) at Auschwitz I Main Camp with Auschwitz survivors (from left) Roman Kent, Marian Turski, Felix Kolmer, Esther Bejarano (obscured) and Eva Fahidi. Photo: Bernd Oertwig
21.05.2021

President of the International Auschwitz Committee Roman Kent died

Roman Kent, the President of the International Auschwitz Committee, died today in New York at the age of 96, following a brief, severe illness.  ... President of the International Auschwitz Committee Roman Kent died

 
 
„Durch die Knochen bis ins Herz“ - the new book by Christoph Heubner, vice president of the International Auschwitz Committee. Image: Bernd Oertwig
29.04.2021

Durch die Knochen bis ins Herz ("Through the Bones to the Heart") – the new book by Christoph Heubner

The new stories by Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee: "There were railway tracks, there were furnaces, and it was very hot and very dangerous."  ... Durch die Knochen bis ins Herz ("Through the Bones to the Heart") – the new book by Christoph Heubner

 
 
Ottoman military forces march Armenian men from Kharput to an execution site outside the city. Kharput, Ottoman Empire, March 1915-June 1915.
25.04.2021

President Biden recognizes Armenian genocide

In a statement about President Biden’s recognition of the Armenian genocide, Christoph Heubner, the Executive President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... President Biden recognizes Armenian genocide

 
 
VW Group trainees from Germany and Poland work to preserve the Auschwitz memorial. Image: International Auschwitz Committee
21.04.2021

Volkswagen AG supports memorial work in Auschwitz with 600,000 euros

Volkswagen is again supporting the International Auschwitz Committee. The company is providing 600,000 euros for the committee’s work at the Memorial in Oswiecim/Auschwitz  ... Volkswagen AG supports memorial work in Auschwitz with 600,000 euros

 
 
Adolf Eichmann during the trial in Israel in 1961, image: Israel Government Press Office, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
11.04.2021

The Eichmann trial 60 years later: no escape for perpetrators of genocide

On the 60th anniversary of the start of the trial against Adolf Eichmann, a key designer in the genocide of the Jews of Europe, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:

  ... The Eichmann trial 60 years later: no escape for perpetrators of genocide

 
 
Protester with the Star of David and Nazi symbols at "Querdenker" event in Kassel
22.03.2021

International Auschwitz Committee warning: democracy under threat

Auschwitz survivors are very concerned about the steadily increasing propensity to violence and the overt contempt of democracy manifested by the current demonstrations of the Querdenker movement in Kassel and other German cities.  ... International Auschwitz Committee warning: democracy under threat

 
 
Eduard Wirths (c.) with the two Auschwitz camp commanders Richard Baer (l.) and Rudolf Höss (r.) at the opening of the SS hospital in Auschwitz. Picture rights: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
09.03.2021

Mengele’s boss honoured on memorial in his home town

“In memory of our fallen and missing brothers”. This is the inscription on the war memorial in the town of Geroldshausen, Lower Franconia. The list of names includes Eduard Wirths, who was born in the town and from 1942 to 1944 was chief SS doctor at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. As such he played a decisive role in the industrialized murder programme at the killing centre.  ... Mengele’s boss honoured on memorial in his home town

 
 
Orban’s Fidesz party quit EPP group
03.03.2021

Hungarian MEPs from Orban’s Fidesz party quit EPP group

Commenting on the Hungarian MEPs from the Fidesz Party leaving the EPP group in the European Parliament, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said in Berlin:  ... Hungarian MEPs from Orban’s Fidesz party quit EPP group

 
 
CPAC Odal Rune stage
01.03.2021

Trump and the Nazi symbol of the Odal Rune

At the Conservative Political Action Conference, former president Trump gave his comeback speech on a stage based on the widespread Neo-Nazi symbol of the Odal rune that was once incorporated into SS uniforms. In Berlin Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stated:  ... Trump and the Nazi symbol of the Odal Rune

 
 
Auschwitz surviver Leon Schwarzbaum
20.02.2021

100th birthday of Auschwitz survivor Leon Schwarzbaum

Auschwitz survivors around the world are happy to be sending their best wishes today to their friend, fellow sufferer and companion Leon Schwarzbaum in Berlin. And they are expressing their deepest gratitude on his 100th birthday. In Berlin Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... 100th birthday of Auschwitz survivor Leon Schwarzbaum

 
 
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16.02.2021

Statement on the two new trials in Germany of two Nazi perpetrators

The survivors, who are all now very old, have waited throughout their lives for the perpetrators to be brought to justice for their actions. The fact that this is only happening now is a clear sign of failure and neglect on the part of the German judicial authorities over many decades. Knowing that the perpetrators from the camps have been able to live their lives, in most cases undisturbed and in safety, without being brought to account for their crimes in front of a German court, has been a burden to the survivors throughout their lives.  ... Statement on the two new trials in Germany of two Nazi perpetrators

 
 
Ban on Generation Identitaire in France, Image: Aidentity
14.02.2021

Ban with a signal effect

Commenting on the effort to ban Generation Identitaire in France, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Christoph Heubner, said in Berlin: