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20.02.2020

Hanau: nowadays anyone can take Auschwitz into their own hands.

Commenting on the murders in Hanau, Hessen, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stressed:  ... Hanau: nowadays anyone can take Auschwitz into their own hands.

 
 
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07.02.2020

Erfurt and Berlin: Democracy is under pressure from the right

Holocaust survivors in the International Auschwitz Committee are following the political developments in Erfurt and Berlin with great interest. After the events in Thuringia, they are grateful that especially in Germany the immense political outrage and spontaneous actions of many citizens have managed to stabilize the democratic boundaries against the extreme right and have shown the red card to politicians who were willing to work together with right-wing extremists in parliament simply for calculated power-political reasons.  ... Erfurt and Berlin: Democracy is under pressure from the right

 
 
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06.02.2020

Herr Höcke is making the government in Thuringia

Commenting on the state premier elections in Thuringia, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stated in Berlin:  ... Herr Höcke is making the government in Thuringia

 
 
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06.02.2020

Thuringia: complete failure through ambition, opportunism and political blindness

On the day after the democratic parties in Thuringia completely failed in the confrontation with the right-wing extremists in the state parliament, due to ambition, opportunism and political blindness, the politicians are experiencing a huge loss of respect and credibility well beyond Germany, and it is damaging to democracy.  ... Thuringia: complete failure through ambition, opportunism and political blindness

 
 
Marian Turski © Boris Buchholz
03.02.2020

Proposal from Poland: Nobel Peace Prize for Marian Turski

Following the speech by the Auschwitz survivor Marian Turski marking the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz on 27 January 2020, an initiative has nominated the 93-year-old Auschwitz survivor and Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee for the Nobel Peace Prize 2020.  ... Proposal from Poland: Nobel Peace Prize for Marian Turski

 
 
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08.01.2020

International Auschwitz Committee honours the pianist Igor Levit

As a result of current events the International Auschwitz Committee is honouring the pianist Igor Levit with the Statue B - the "Gift of Remembrance".  ... International Auschwitz Committee honours the pianist Igor Levit

 
 
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29.12.2019

Anti-Semitic stabbing attack in New York: “Clearly the world does not have the strength or the will to counter the increasingly intense eruptions of anti-Semitic hatred.”

In the run-up to the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz in January 2020 Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee made a statement on the anti-Semitic knife attack in New York and the current massive increase in anti-Semitic incidents in many European countries:  ... Anti-Semitic stabbing attack in New York: “Clearly the world does not have the strength or the will to counter the increasingly intense eruptions of anti-Semitic hatred.”

 
 
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23.11.2019

On the withdrawal of non-profit status for the Association of Victims of the Nazi regime – Anti-fascist Federation VVN/BdA

Survivors of the German concentration and extermination camps in many countries are appalled and disconcerted by the unwise and scandalous decision of the Berlin tax office to withdraw the non-profit status from the Association of Victims of the Nazi regime – Anti-fascist Federation VVN/BdA, thus threatening its existence.  ... On the withdrawal of non-profit status for the Association of Victims of the Nazi regime – Anti-fascist Federation VVN/BdA

 
 
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21.11.2019

Chancellor Merkel visits Auschwitz: An act signalling interest and solidarity

Commenting in Berlin on the upcoming visit to the Auschwitz Memorial by German Chancellor Angelika Merkel on 6 December 2019, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Chancellor Merkel visits Auschwitz: An act signalling interest and solidarity

 
 
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14.11.2019

Against right-wing extremism – for democracy: the International Auschwitz Committee honours Zwickau’s Mayor Dr Pia Findeiss

In the present situation, the presidium of the International Auschwitz Committee has decided to award its “B sculpture” to the mayor of the city of Zwickau, Dr Pia Findeiss. The statue echoes the letter B in the inscription ARBEIT MACHT FREI (work makes you free) which the SS ordered prisoners to manufacture and install above the main gate of Auschwitz concentration camp. In an act of outrage and resistance, the prisoners secretly inverted the letter B in the metal sign.  ... Against right-wing extremism – for democracy: the International Auschwitz Committee honours Zwickau’s Mayor Dr Pia Findeiss

 
 
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08.11.2019

IAC condemns anti-Semitic hatred: the Italian Auschwitz survivor Liliana Segre receives police protection

Auschwitz survivors throughout the world are filled with outrage, sadness and empathy by the upsurge of anti-Semitic hatred that is being directed against their 89-year-old Italian fellow sufferer on a daily basis. As a result of this situation, Liliana Segre is now receiving police protection.  ... IAC condemns anti-Semitic hatred: the Italian Auschwitz survivor Liliana Segre receives police protection

 
 
Vigil at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin-Mitte. © Bernd Oertwig
08.11.2019

Solidarity with Liliana Segre: VW trainees hold a vigil in front of the Italian Embassy against anti-Semitic hatred

Today, the International Auschwitz Committee joined with trainees from the VW plants in Emden, Osnabrück, Wolfsburg and Bielsko-Biala, Poland, for vigils in front of the Italian Embassy in Berlin-Tiergarten, as well as at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The vigils are taking place against the background of current anti-Semitic threats in Italy to the 89-year-old Italian-Jewish survivor of Auschwitz and Senator Liliana Serge. The vigils also marked the introduction of the anti-Jewish laws in 1938 in Italy. They were also dedicated to the victims of the anti-Jewish pogrom night of...  ... Solidarity with Liliana Segre: VW trainees hold a vigil in front of the Italian Embassy against anti-Semitic hatred

 
 
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31.10.2019

Decision of the AfD arbitration tribunal in the case of Gedeon / Anti-Semitism

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the decision of the AfD arbitration tribunal in Schleswig-Holstein to keep Herr Gedeon as a member of the AfD:  ... Decision of the AfD arbitration tribunal in the case of Gedeon / Anti-Semitism

 
 
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29.10.2019

Anti-Semitism is destroying the democratic everyday life of all citizens in Europe

On 28 and 29 October, Auschwitz survivors and representatives of Auschwitz foundations from 8 countries took part in a meeting of the Presidium of the International Auschwitz Committee in Brussels. During the meeting the survivors of the German concentration and extermination camps expressed their deep concern at the constant increase in anti-Semitic attitudes and prejudices in European countries.