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Commemorative action of the International Auschwitz Committee (IAK). With the symbolic renaming of Joachim-Friedrich-Straße to Walter-Lübcke-Straße, we remember the democrat, German and European patriot and philanthropist Dr. Walter Lübcke, who was murdered by a neo-Nazi five years ago today. Berlin, 02.06.2024 Photo: Eva Oertwig / SCHROEWIG for the IAK
02.06.2024

Commemorative action of the International Auschwitz Committee in Berlin

The occasion is the fifth anniversary of the murder of the Kassel District President Dr. Walter Lübcke, who was literally executed in June 2019 in his home town near Kassel by well-known right-wing extremists because of his political views. At the time, the murder of the Kassel government president appeared to be the culmination of a hate campaign that had been deliberately stirred up and staged by right-wing extremists, neo-Nazis and representatives of the AfD in view of our country's willingness to help refugees.  ... Commemorative action of the International Auschwitz Committee in Berlin

 
 
Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at the premiere of the film Klarsfeld: A love Story, at the 30th Filmfest Hamburg 2022 in the city’s Cinemaxx Dammtor. Photo: IMAGO/Andre Lenthe
26.05.2024

President Macron honours Beate and Serge Klarsfeld with a high award from the French Republic

Commenting in Berlin on tomorrow’s ceremony for the decoration of Beate and Serge Klarsfeld with a high award from the French Republic by President Macron alongside his state visit to Germany, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... President Macron honours Beate and Serge Klarsfeld with a high award from the French Republic

 
 
Esther Bejarano (born Esther Loewy on 15 December 1924 in Saarlouis. Died on 10 July 2021 in Hamburg) was a German Jewish survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. She played in the Auschwitz women’s orchestra with Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and others. Image: DW
23.05.2024

The Jewish girl learned how to play the accordion in Auschwitz concentration camp. It saved her life.

Thursday, 23 May 2024. Today the google doodle is celebrating the invention of the accordion. And we are celebrating Esther Bejarano. She was born in 1924 as the daughter of a Jewish cantor in Saarlouis. Her life was saved in Auschwitz by an accordion and a lie.  ... The Jewish girl learned how to play the accordion in Auschwitz concentration camp. It saved her life.

 
 
Higher Administrative Court of North Rhine-Westphalia - Verdict pronounced in the proceedings initiated by the Alternative for Germany (AfD) against the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. View of the bench after entry of the court. In the middle (3rd from left) Dr Gerald Buck, presiding judge at the Higher Administrative Court. Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, DEU, Germany, 13 May 2024. Photo: IMAGO / Rüdiger Wölk
13.05.2024

Strong signal for democracy: Holocaust survivors grateful for ruling against AfD

In Berlin, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on today's ruling by the Münster Higher Administrative Court in the case of AfD vs. the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV):  ... Strong signal for democracy: Holocaust survivors grateful for ruling against AfD

 
 
Brandenburg Gate marking the end of the war, illuminated in blue with white text saying “Thank You” in Russian, English, French and German. Photo: ecns.cn
08.05.2024

Hope in challenging times: Holocaust survivors commemorate liberation on 8 May 2024 and appeal for a united, diverse and democratic Europe

Holocaust survivors remember 8 May 1945 as the day they were liberated from the concentration and extermination camps, and as the day when Nazi Germany was finally defeated together with its anti-Semitic, murderous ideology.  ... Hope in challenging times: Holocaust survivors commemorate liberation on 8 May 2024 and appeal for a united, diverse and democratic Europe

 
 
Paul Benjamin Auster was born on 3 February 1947 in Newark, New Jersey and died on 30 April 2024 in New York. He was an American writer, film director, screenwriter, critic, translator and publisher. His works have been translated into more than forty languages. Photograph: David Shankbone, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
01.05.2024

International Auschwitz Committee mourns the death of writer Paul Auster

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute to the writer Paul Auster who has died aged 77:  ... International Auschwitz Committee mourns the death of writer Paul Auster

 
 
Christoph Heubner (centre), writer and Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee from Berlin, today became the first German to receive the Medal of Honour in Warsaw commemorating the Ghetto Uprising. Left: Piotr Wislicki, Chairman of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. Right: Marian Turski, President of the International Auschwitz Committee. Photo: IAK
18.04.2024

Christoph Heubner, writer and Executive Vice-President of the International Auschwitz Committee, is the first German to be awarded the Medal of Honour in Memory of the Ghetto Uprising.

On the occasion of today's commemorations of the 81st anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Christoph Heubner, writer and Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, received the Medal of Honour in Memory of the Ghetto Uprising in Warsaw today. This is the first time that a German has been awarded this commemorative medal.  ... Christoph Heubner, writer and Executive Vice-President of the International Auschwitz Committee, is the first German to be awarded the Medal of Honour in Memory of the Ghetto Uprising.

 
 
Award ceremony of the Simon Wiesenthal Prize 2023. From the left: Marian Turski, Auschwitz survivor and President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the Austrian National Fund. Photograph: Parliamentary Administration/Johannes Zinner
13.04.2024

Simon Wiesenthal Prize for Marian Turski, President of the International Auschwitz Committee and Auschwitz survivor.

Vienna - At a moving ceremony in the Austrian Parliament, Marian Turski was honoured as an internationally respected dialogue partner and witness of the times for tirelessly combatting anti-Semitism. The award ceremony took place during the presentation of the Simon Wiesenthal Prize 2023, at which the dialogue project "LIKRAT - Let's talk!" was also honoured.  ... Simon Wiesenthal Prize for Marian Turski, President of the International Auschwitz Committee and Auschwitz survivor.

 
 
Dr Mario Voigt, CDU, in the Thuringian federal state parliament. Photo: IMAGO/Jacob Schröter
11.04.2024

TV duel between Mario Voigt and Björn Höcke on today’s Remembrance Day for the Liberation of Buchenwald.

During a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial with German and Polish trainees, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on today's TV duel between CDU politician Mario Voigt and Björn Höcke of the AfD:  ... TV duel between Mario Voigt and Björn Höcke on today’s Remembrance Day for the Liberation of Buchenwald.

 
 
Marian Turski, President of the International Auschwitz Committee, congratulated Andrea Di Veroli, President of the ANED Rome Section, for the award of the Golden Medal for Civil Merit by the President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, to ANED. Photo: Eva Oertwig/SCHROEWIG for IAK Berlin
28.03.2024

Golden Medal for Civil Merit to the Association of Italian political deportees from Nazi concentration camps (ANED).

With an official decree signed on March 28th, 2024, the President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, awarded ANED the Golden Medal for Civil Merit for its “outstanding work in defense of the values of the Constitution and the ideals of the Resistance against Nazism and Fascism. For the effort in the conservation of the historical memory of the ones who sacrificed for the cause with years of incarceration, confinement, internment and gave their own lives for the love of the Country and to guarantee freedom and democracy to the Italian population.”  ... Golden Medal for Civil Merit to the Association of Italian political deportees from Nazi concentration camps (ANED).

 
 
19 March 1944: the German Wehrmacht occupied Hungary on Hitler’s orders (Operation Margarethe). Photograph: www.origo.hu
19.03.2024

80th anniversary of the German occupation of Hungary and the deportation of the Hungarian Jewish families to Auschwitz

Today, Auschwitz survivors around the world are commemorating 19 March 1944 when, eighty years ago, the German Wehrmacht occupied Hungary on Hitler's orders (Operation Margarethe). Also on that day, the SS managed to lay its murderous hands on the last remaining large group of Jewish people in Europe.  ... 80th anniversary of the German occupation of Hungary and the deportation of the Hungarian Jewish families to Auschwitz

 
 
Invitation to the reading by Christoph Heubner on 23.3.2024 in Leipzig. Photo: Nielsen, Schlachthof, Collage: KGS, IAK Berlin.
14.03.2024

Invitation to the reading by Christoph Heubner on 23.3.2024

The Förderverein für die Internationale Jugendbegegnungsstätte (IJBS) Oswiecim (Auschwitz) Polen e.V., the Wissenschaftliches Büro Leipzig, the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw), and the Erich Zeigner Haus e.V. invite you to a reading by Christoph Heubner on March 23, 2024.  ... Invitation to the reading by Christoph Heubner on 23.3.2024

 
 
Thuringian CDU chairman Mario Voigt (left) Thuringian AfD top candidate Björn Höcke. Photo: dpa/Martin Schutt.
04.03.2024

IAC criticizes planned TV discussion between Thuringian CDU chairman Mario Voigt and Thuringian AfD top candidate Björn Höcke on 11 April

Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented in Berlin on the planned election campaign discussion between the Thuringian CDU chairman Mario Voigt and the leading Thuringian AfD candidate Björn Höcke on 11 April, the day of the liberation of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps:  ... IAC criticizes planned TV discussion between Thuringian CDU chairman Mario Voigt and Thuringian AfD top candidate Björn Höcke on 11 April

 
 
Invitation from the German Evangelical Church Community of Lisbon to a literary and musical remembrance of the Holocaust. Image: DEKL
02.03.2024

Invitation to a literary-musical remembrance of the Holocaust

The German Evangelical Church Community of Lisbon invites you to a literary-musical remembrance of the Holocaust with Christoph Heubner and the "Trio to RememBer".  ... Invitation to a literary-musical remembrance of the Holocaust

 
 
March 1, 2024 in the "Livraria Ler Devagar" in Lisbon: Literary-musical remembrance of the Holocaust with Christoph Heubner and the Trio to RememBer. Photo: Livraria Ler Devagar
01.03.2024

March 1, 2024 in Lisbon: Literary-musical remembrance of the Holocaust.

As part of their event tour in Portugal, Christoph Heubner and the Trio to RememBer visited one of the world's most beautiful bookshops, the "Livraria Ler Devagar" in Lisbon, on March 1, 2024, to commemorate the Holocaust through literature and music and to provide information about the work of the International Auschwitz Committee.  ... March 1, 2024 in Lisbon: Literary-musical remembrance of the Holocaust.

 
 
Christoph Heubner, writer, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee and Irene Pimentel, historian, shed light on stories and traditions from the time of the Second World War. Photo: Michèle Déodat, IAK Berlin
29.02.2024

Event "To Remembrance" at the German School Lisbon

As part of their event tour in Portugal, Christoph Heubner and the Trio to RememBer visited the German School Lisbon on 29.2.2024 to commemorate the Holocaust through literature and music in two events for pupils during the day and an open event in the evening and to provide information about the work of the International Auschwitz Committee.  ... Event "To Remembrance" at the German School Lisbon

 
 
February 22, 2024, Déri-Museum, Debrecen, Hungary: The German Cultural Forum in Debrecen presented the Hungarian translation of the story collection by Christoph Heubner "Ich sehe Hunde, die an der Leine reissen"("Kutyákat látok, akik feszítik a pórázt" / I see dogs straining at their leashes). Photograph: János Miskolczi
22.02.2024

Book presentation in memory of the Holocaust survivor Éva Fahidi at the Déri Museum, Debrecen, Hungary.

The German Cultural Forum in Debrecen, Hungary, is presenting the Hungarian translation of the story collection by Christoph Heubner at the Déri Museum: "Ich sehe Hunde, die an der Leine reissen" ("Kutyákat látok, akik feszítik a pórázt" / I see dogs straining at their leashes).  ... Book presentation in memory of the Holocaust survivor Éva Fahidi at the Déri Museum, Debrecen, Hungary.

 
 
Hungarian translation of the story collection "Ich sehe Hunde, die an der Leine reißen" (Kutyákat látok, akik feszítik a pórázt / I see dogs straining at their leashes), by Christoph Heubner. Image: SCHROEWIG News & Images, Eva Oertwig
21.02.2024

Book presentation in memory of the Holocaust survivor Éva Fahidi at the FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture

Presentation of the Hungarian translation of the book "Ich sehe Hunde, die an der Leine reißen" (Kutyákat látok, akik feszítik a pórázt / I see dogs straining at their leashes) by Christoph Heubner in memory of the Auschwitz survivor and translator Éva Fahidi.  ... Book presentation in memory of the Holocaust survivor Éva Fahidi at the FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture

 
 
Alexei Anatoljewitsch Navalny. Photo: pa/dpa/Alexej Navalny
17.02.2024

Marian Turski on the death of Alexei Navalny

In the tradition of our European civilization - Prometheus was the first to sacrifice himself for the sake of humanity. The recent one is Alexei Navalny.  ... Marian Turski on the death of Alexei Navalny

 
 
Ceremonial opening of the Gerhard Richter Birkenau Pavilion by Mrs. Sabine Moritz-Richter, wife of the artist, and Wolfgang Schmidt, Head of the Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Affairs. Photo: Michèle Déodat, IAK Berlin
09.02.2024

Opening of the Gerhard Richter Birkenau Pavilion

A powerful signal against oblivion: In Oswiecim/Auschwitz the Birkenau Paintings by Gerhard Richter are now accessible to the public. The four world-famous works by the artist are being displayed in a pavilion built specifically for this purpose.  ... Opening of the Gerhard Richter Birkenau Pavilion

 
 
German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Marian Turski looking together at photographs taken by the German military hospital nurse Helmy Spethmann in the Warsaw Ghetto. Photograph: Bundesregierung/Jesco Denzel
27.01.2024

taz interview with Marian Turski about ghetto photos

Marian Turski (98), President of the International Auschwitz Committee, and Chairman of the POLIN Museum Council, appeals to Germans to rescue Holocaust documents.  ... taz interview with Marian Turski about ghetto photos

 
 
Still from the Soviet film on the liberation of Auschwitz, recorded by the film crew of the First Ukrainian Front. Surviving children of Auschwitz stand behind a barbed wire fence wearing adult-size prisoner uniforms. Shown here in this picture: Tomasz Szwarz; Alicja Gruenbaum; Solomon Rozalin; Gita Sztrauss; Wiera Sadler; Marta Wiess; Boro Eksztein; Josef Rozenwaser; Rafael Szlezinger; Gabriel Nejman; Adek Apfelbaum; Hillik (later Harold) Apfelbaum; Mark Berkowitz (a twin); Pesa Balter; Rut Muszkies (later Webber); Miriam Friedman; and the twins Miriam Mozes and Eva Mozes with knitted hats. Author: Alexander Voronzov and others from his group, commissioned by Mikhail Oshurkov, head of the photographic unit of the First Ukrainian Front. Copyright: in the public domain of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, with kind permission from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings, via Wikimedia. Colouring: KGS/IAK Berlin
26.01.2024

79th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee made the following statement about tomorrow’s 79th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz:  ... 79th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

 
 
19 January 2024: On the Jungfernsteig in Hamburg tens of thousands have demonstrated against right-wing extremism. The rally "Hamburg arise – against far-right extremism and neo-Nazi networks" was initiated by Entrepreneurs without Frontiers, the Northern Evangelical Church and the German Trade Union Federation (DGB). Photograph: ZDF.de
20.01.2024

A powerful signal sent out by the citizens and a boost for democracy

Commenting in Berlin on the numerous demonstrations against the far-right in Germany, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... A powerful signal sent out by the citizens and a boost for democracy

 
 
13.01.2024

Invitation to Holocaust Remembrance Day in Wolfsburg on 24 January 2024

An alarming rise in anti-Semitic violence that is being fed from different sources, racial hatred and the despicable denigration of democracy. There are many ceremonies and occasions marking the 79th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, to commemorate the origins and fates of those murdered there, and to remember the survivors. But – and this is something especially the survivors keep pointing out to us – remembrance must always stay focused on our present and our future as well.  ... Invitation to Holocaust Remembrance Day in Wolfsburg on 24 January 2024

 
 
At the end of last year high-level AfD politicians, business representatives and right-wing extremists met in Potsdam to discuss the ‘remigration’, i.e. the expulsion, of millions of people from Germany. Politicians from the other parties are warning about the increasingly visible ties between the AfD and the extreme right-wing spectrum, and have condemned the meeting. Image: Wikipedia, booking.com, collage: KGS/IAK Berlin
12.01.2024

Holocaust survivors are appalled: right-wing extremist plans re-awaken grim memories.

Commenting in Berlin on the AfD’s participation in the discussion of right-wing extremist expulsion plans, Christoph Heubner, the executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Holocaust survivors are appalled: right-wing extremist plans re-awaken grim memories.

 
 
Farmers protest on 8 January 2024 – A gallows with traffic light and federal German flag on nationwide farmers’ campaign day with demonstrations against the federal government’s current agricultural policy. Blockaded Juri-Gagarin-Ring in Erfurt Thüringia, Germany. Photograph: IMAGO/Paul-Philipp Braun
09.01.2024

Holocaust survivors are shocked at the brutalization of political dialogue and current strategies of extreme right-wing parties in Europe.

Commenting on the brutalization of political dialogue and the current strategies of extreme right-wing parties in Europe, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Holocaust survivors are shocked at the brutalization of political dialogue and current strategies of extreme right-wing parties in Europe.

 
 
Petra (l.) and Franz Michalski (r.) during a reading from his book. The Shoah survivor Franz Michalski has died aged 89. Photograph: Jüdische Allgemeine, Maria Ugoljew
03.01.2024

Shoah survivor Franz Michalski has died

Franz Michalski died in Berlin just a few days ago. Together with his wife Petra, he was one of those tireless witnesses of the times in Berlin who gave accounts, especially to young people, telling about their memories and experiences in the years of National Socialist persecution, and about the anti-Semitic hatred that repeatedly confronted them and their family.  ... Shoah survivor Franz Michalski has died

 
 
According to his family, Dr Wolfgang Schäuble died on Boxing Day evening, 2023. Photograph: Eva Oertwig/SCHROEWIG
27.12.2023

IAC mourns the loss of Wolfgang Schäuble

In Berlin, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute to Wolfgang Schäuble as follows:  ... IAC mourns the loss of Wolfgang Schäuble

 
 
From 1957 to 1993 the Dutch domestic security service was located in this red-brick building on President Kennedylaan in Den Haag. It was later demolished. Photograph: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/nieuws/2016/11/veiligheids--en-inlichtingendiensten-speelbal-van-verschillende-belangen, KGS IAK Berlin.
25.12.2023

Jewish Auschwitz survivors and the Auschwitz Committee in the Netherlands spied on by the forerunner of today’s Dutch domestic security service.

As late as into the 1980s, the Dutch domestic security service spied on Jewish Auschwitz survivors in the Netherlands, including their involvement in the Dutch Auschwitz Committee which was founded in 1956 and considered a ‘danger to democracy’.  ... Jewish Auschwitz survivors and the Auschwitz Committee in the Netherlands spied on by the forerunner of today’s Dutch domestic security service.

 
 
Witness supporter Ursula Wirth accompanies the witness Józef Kral. Józef Kral was born in 1910 in Wartogłowiec (now Poland). The Gestapo arrested him in Vienna in February 1940, and he was deported to Auschwitz at the end of June 1941. At his hearing as a witness in May 1964, Józef Kral was 54 years old and lived in Kraków, Poland where he worked as an architect. A total of 360 witnesses were heard in the course of the Auschwitz trials. 211 of them were Auschwitz survivors. Photograph: http://www.auschwitz-prozess-frankfurt.de/index.php?id=36
19.12.2023

60 years since the start of the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials on 20 December 1963

Today, Auschwitz survivors around the world are remembering the First Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial which began sixty years ago on 20 December 1963. In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... 60 years since the start of the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials on 20 December 1963

 
 
Ceremony for lighting the Hanukkah candles, organised by Chabad Lubawitsch. The ceremony was interrupted by the MP Grzegorz Braun, member of the far-right monarchist party Confederation of the Polish Crown. He put out the candles with a fire extinguisher. Image: Imago/Adam Chelstowski / Forum
12.12.2023

Anti-Semitic attack by Polish Sejm MP Grzegorz Braun

Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, made a clear statement condemning today’s anti-Semitic attack by MP Grzegorz Braun in the Polish parliament during a Hanukkah celebration:  ... Anti-Semitic attack by Polish Sejm MP Grzegorz Braun

 
 
Dairy billionaire Theo Müller owns, among other things, brands such as Müllermilch, Landliebe and Weihenstephan. For the first time, he now confirms a meeting with AfD co-chairwoman Alice Weidel. Image: imago images/Robert Michael
05.12.2023

IAC criticises indifferent wait-and-see attitude towards the AfD by large sections of the German business community

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the current debate about the indifferent wait-and-see attitude towards the AfD by large sections of the German business community:  ... IAC criticises indifferent wait-and-see attitude towards the AfD by large sections of the German business community

 
 
28 November 2023: Presentation of the Charlotte Petersen Medal 2023 in Dillenburg. Left to right: Professor Sascha Feuchert (speaker), Michael Lotz, Mayor of Dillenburg, Christophh Heubner, author and Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Achim Wendel, Dillenburg city councillor. Photograph: Christine Bahl
28.11.2023

Christoph Heubner is awarded Charlotte Petersen Medal 2023

On 28 November 2023, Christoph Heubner, author and Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee was awarded the Charlotte Petersen Medal 2023 by the town of Dillenburg and the Society for Christian-Jewish Co-operation in Dillenburg. He received the award for his long-standing commitment to combatting anti-Semitism and right-wing radicalism, as well as for preserving the memories of the Holocaust survivors.  ... Christoph Heubner is awarded Charlotte Petersen Medal 2023

 
 
21 November 2023: This morning state-wide raids took place in Bavaria against people who are spreading hate speech and threats against Jews online. Police searched the homes of 17 suspects. Image: BR24
21.11.2023

Bavarian criminal investigation office launches police raids against anti-Semitic hate speech and threats targeting Jews online

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on today’s police raids initiated by Bavaria’s criminal investigation office and directed against anti-Semitic hate speech and incitement to violence on the internet:  ... Bavarian criminal investigation office launches police raids against anti-Semitic hate speech and threats targeting Jews online

 
 
National Socialist boycott targeting Jewish businesses in Germany. Members of the SA put up posters on the widow of a Jewish shop in Berlin. The slogan: “Germans, fight back, don’t buy from Jews!” Image: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-14468 / Georg Pahl / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE , via Wikimedia Commons
08.11.2023

Statement marking the 85th anniversary of the nationwide November Pogrom launched by the Nazis on 9 November 1938

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, made a statement in remembrance of the upcoming 85th anniversary of the November Pogrom, which started on the night of 9 November 1938. He said:  ... Statement marking the 85th anniversary of the nationwide November Pogrom launched by the Nazis on 9 November 1938

 
 
Cologne, November 2023. The International Auschwitz Committee (IAC) awards the Statue of Remembrance, depicting the inverted B, to the artist Gerhard Richter in his studio in Cologne. Michèle Déodat (the artist who was inspired to design the statue), Marian Turski (President of the IAC), Gerhard Richter (artist), Christoph Heubner (Executive Vice President of the IAC). Photograph: Eva Oertwig/SCHROEWIG
06.11.2023

Gerhard Richter is honoured with the International Auschwitz Committee’s Gift of Remembrance Award

Berlin/Cologne. The International Auschwitz Committee (IAC) has honoured the Gerhard Richter as ‘artist, German, and as citizen’ by awarding him a statue of the inverted B in his studio in Cologne.  ... Gerhard Richter is honoured with the International Auschwitz Committee’s Gift of Remembrance Award

 
 
The Anne Frank Day Care Centre in Tangerhütte, Saxony-Anhalt. Image: KGS/IAK Berlin
05.11.2023

Open letter on the planned renaming of the Anne Frank Day Care Centre in Tangerhütte, Saxony-Anhalt.

While visiting Magdeburg as the recipient of the Lothar Kreyssig Peace Prize, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Open letter on the planned renaming of the Anne Frank Day Care Centre in Tangerhütte, Saxony-Anhalt.

 
 
Presentation of the Lothar Kreyssig Peace Prize 2023 awarded to Christoph Heubner (Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee - IAC) in the Johanniskirche church, Magdeburg, on 4 November 2023. Left to right: Superintendent Stephan Hoenen, prize winner Christoph Heubner, his spouse Michèle Déodat, Martin Kreyssig (Lothar Kreyssig’s grandson) Photograph: IAK /Eva Oertwig/SCHROEWIG News & Images
05.11.2023

Lothar Kreyssig Peace Prize for Christoph Heubner.

This year’s Lothar Kreyssig Peace Prize was awarded to the historian and writer Christoph Heubner in the Johanniskirche church, Magdeburg.  ... Lothar Kreyssig Peace Prize for Christoph Heubner.

 
 
Kurt Julius Goldstein, Jew, German, communist, Auschwitz survivor and honorary president of the International Auschwitz Committee, Berlin. Image: IAK Archiv 2004
03.11.2023

Street naming for Kurt Goldstein postponed by Dortmund-Scharnhorst district authority

A few days ago, following the intervention of an AfD representative and the petition of a CDU representative, the local assembly in Dortmund-Scharnhorst decided to postpone the planned naming of a street after Kurt Goldstein who was born in 1914 in Scharnhorst, was a resistance fighter against fascism and the Nazi regime, and honorary president of the International Auschwitz Committee. The reason behind the decision was to carry out an investigation into Goldstein’s political and personal life, and especially his life in the GDR.  ... Street naming for Kurt Goldstein postponed by Dortmund-Scharnhorst district authority

 
 
Bitterfeld-Wolfen Town Hall. Image: mdr.de, IAK Berlin, KGS
07.10.2023

Auschwitz Committee commends commitment to democracy in Bitterfeld-Wolfen

Commenting in Berlin on tomorrow’s run-off election for the mayor of Bitterfeld-Wolfen in Saxony-Anhalt, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Auschwitz Committee commends commitment to democracy in Bitterfeld-Wolfen

 
 
Hamas launches massive attack on Israel. Image: Adobe Express, SCHROEWIG News & Images, KGS
07.10.2023

Hamas launches massive attack on Israel

In response to the massive attack by the Palestinian military group Hamas on Israel, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said in Berlin:  ... Hamas launches massive attack on Israel

 
 
Jewish refugees aboard a Danish fishing boat in 1943. Photograph: imago / United Archives International
04.10.2023

80th anniversary of the rescue operations for Danish-Jewish families

80th anniversary of the unique rescue operations to save the vast majority of Denmark’s Jewish families from deportation to German concentration and extermination camps.  ... 80th anniversary of the rescue operations for Danish-Jewish families

 
 
In the election for mayor in Nordhausen none of the six candidates has won the necessary 50-per cent of the votes. That is why there will be a run-off election between Jörg Prophet, AfD, and the current independent officeholder Kai Buchmann on 24 September. Image: mdr.de
18.09.2023

CDU election successes with the AfD in Thuringia unmask the ‘firewall’ as an empty hypocritical phrase.

Commenting on the political situation in Thuringia and the upcoming run-off election for the office of mayor in Nordhausen, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... CDU election successes with the AfD in Thuringia unmask the ‘firewall’ as an empty hypocritical phrase.

 
 
 
Eva Fahidi, Hungarian-Jewish Auschwitz survivor. Photograph: imago/ZUMA Press
11.09.2023

The Hungarian-Jewish Auschwitz survivor Eva Fahidi died this morning in Budapest aged 97.

It is with deep sadness, profound gratitude and greatest respect that Auschwitz survivors around the world are now bidding farewell to their fellow sufferer, friend and long-time companion, Eva Fahidi, who died today in Budapest at the age of 97.  ... The Hungarian-Jewish Auschwitz survivor Eva Fahidi died this morning in Budapest aged 97.

 
 
Born in Bonn and murdered in Berlin-Plötzensee on 7 September 1943: the pianist Karlrobert Kreiten performing in 1941. Photograph: Avi/Gilbert von Studnitz, KGS/IAK Berlin
06.09.2023

Remembering the pianist Karlrobert Kreiten who was murdered in Berlin-Plötzensee on 7 September 1943

He was 27 years old and was highly recognised as one of the greatest German talents when he was murdered by hanging from a meat hook, 80 years ago, on 7 September 1943 in Berlin-Plötzensee: the pianist Karlrobert Kreiten.  ... Remembering the pianist Karlrobert Kreiten who was murdered in Berlin-Plötzensee on 7 September 1943

 
 
On 24 September 2023 Christoph Heubner will be presenting the Polish translation of his book Durch die Knochen bis ins Herz at the International Youth Meeting Center in Oswiecim. The book is being published by the renowned Jewish publisher austeria wydawnictwo in Kraków under the title W samo serce. Image: KGS/IAK Berlin
06.09.2023

Invitation to the book presentation of W samo serce by Christoph Heubner on 24 September 2023

On 24 September Christoph Heubner will be presenting the Polish translation of his book Durch die Knochen bis ins Herz at the International Youth Meeting Center (IMYC) in Oswiecim. The book is being published in Kraków by the renowned Jewish publisher austeria wydawnictwo under the title W samo serce.  ... Invitation to the book presentation of W samo serce by Christoph Heubner on 24 September 2023

 
 
Jacqueline and Jacques Bialek. Jacqueline is 22, her brother Jacques is 17 when they are murdered in Auschwitz. Image: Yad Vashem, KGS-IAK Berlin
04.09.2023

Remembering the Jews taken from the French Département de La Sarthe on Transport 59 to Auschwitz.

On 2 September 1943, at 10 am, a train carrying 1,000 Jews leaves Bobigny Station. More than half of the deportees are French citizens. Leutnant Wannenmacher is responsible for supervising the train.  ... Remembering the Jews taken from the French Département de La Sarthe on Transport 59 to Auschwitz.

 
 
Hubert Aiwanger, Bavaria’s deputy premier, economics minister, federal and Bavarian chairman of the right-wing populist Free Voters party (die Freien Wähler), is under pressure: Accusations surrounding an anti-Semitic leaflet have emerged just a few weeks before the state election. Photograph: IMAGO/Panama Pictures
03.09.2023

Aiwanger is causing significant political havoc and divisions in society

While in Oswiecim Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on developments in the anti-Semitic scandal surrounding the Bavarian politician and vice premier Hubert Aiwanger and his explanation strategy:  ... Aiwanger is causing significant political havoc and divisions in society

 
 
Hubert Aiwanger, Bavaria’s deputy premier, economics minister, federal and Bavarian chairman of the right-wing populist Free Voters party (die Freien Wähler), is under pressure. Accusations surrounding an anti-Semitic leaflet emerged just a few weeks before the state election. Photograph: IMAGO/Sven Simon
31.08.2023

Developments in the anti-Semitic scandal surrounding Hubert Aiwanger in Bavaria

Speaking during a stay in Oswiecim, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on developments in the anti-Semitic scandal surrounding Hubert Aiwanger:  ... Developments in the anti-Semitic scandal surrounding Hubert Aiwanger in Bavaria

 
 
Hubert Aiwanger, Bavaria’s deputy premier, economics minister, federal and Bavarian chairman of the right-wing populist Free Voters party (die Freien Wähler), pictured at the major VdK event for the Bavarian state election 2023 staged in the Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg. 21 July 2023 Image: IMAGO/Panama Pictures
27.08.2023

Anti-Semitic Aiwanger leaflet: IAC demands clarification and consequences.

Commenting in Berlin on the development of the anti-Semitic affair surrounding Hubert Aiwanger and the reactions of his party colleagues, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... Anti-Semitic Aiwanger leaflet: IAC demands clarification and consequences.

 
 
Remembering Zofia Posmysz, Auschwitz survivor and author, who died one year ago just a few weeks before her 100th birthday in a hospice belonging to the city of Oswiecim/Auschwitz. Photograph: Pawelsawicki, Zofia Posmysz, excerpt by KGS / IAK Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0
22.08.2023

Remembering the author Zofia Posmysz on the 100th anniversary of her birthday

It is with great sadness and gratitude that Auschwitz survivors will be commemorating the life of the author Zofia Posmysz tomorrow, on 23 August. Their friend and fellow sufferer was born 100 years ago in Kraków. She died last year on 8 August 2022, just a few weeks before her 100th birthday in a hospice belonging to the Polish city of Oswiecim/Auschwitz.  ... Remembering the author Zofia Posmysz on the 100th anniversary of her birthday

 
 
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). The Cologne Administrative Court confirmed the designation of the party Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the youth organisation Young Alternative for Germany (JA) as an object under observation (suspicious case). Photograph:xC.xHardtx/xFuturexImage, KGS/IAK Berlin
04.08.2023

IAC warns about growing influence of the AfD and thanks the president of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution for standing up against right-wing extremist threats.

Commenting in Berlin on the political development of the AfD and the statements by Thomas Haldenwang, the president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... IAC warns about growing influence of the AfD and thanks the president of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution for standing up against right-wing extremist threats.

 
 
Memorial in Berlin to the Sinti and Roma of Europe who were murdered under National Socialism. Photograph: imago images/Christian Spicker
02.08.2023

European Holocaust Memorial Day in remembrance of the persecution and murder of Sinti and Roma in the German concentration and extermination camps.

Today, Holocaust survivors around the globe are marking the European Holocaust Memorial Day in remembrance of the persecution and murder of Sinti and Roma in the German concentration and extermination camps. In Berlin Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee paid tribute as follows:  ... European Holocaust Memorial Day in remembrance of the persecution and murder of Sinti and Roma in the German concentration and extermination camps.

 
 
Rachel Abadie, née Habib, was born in 1910 in Marseille, France, and lived there before World War II. Rachel was murdered during the Shoah. Image: Yad Vashem.
30.07.2023

Commemoration of Transport No. 58 from Drancy to Auschwitz

In Paris tomorrow, July 31, Holocaust survivors will commemorate Transport No. 58, which left the camp of Drancy near Paris 80 years ago - on July 31, 1943 - in the direction of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  ... Commemoration of Transport No. 58 from Drancy to Auschwitz

 
 
CDU leader Friedrich Merz supports the firewall against the AfD – except at local political level. Photograph: IMAGO/dts Nachrichtenagentur
23.07.2023

Nobody intends to tear down a wall.

Commenting on today’s statements by CDU leader Friedrich Merz on collaborating with the AfD at local political level, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Nobody intends to tear down a wall.

 
 
In Oswiecim/Auschwitz construction has started on a unique artistic ensemble that focuses on the events of the Holocaust and is designed by the artist Gerhard Richter. Image: Gerhard Richter / IAK Berlin
12.07.2023

Construction starts on the exhibition hall ‘Gerhard Richter: Birkenau’. An impressive art project close to Auschwitz as a warning to never forget.

Construction has started on the Gerhard Richter Exhibition Hall in Oswiecim, Poland. The building, designed by the artist himself, is being developed in the grounds, and in co-operation with, the International Youth Meeting Center in Oswiecim/Auschwitz.  ... Construction starts on the exhibition hall ‘Gerhard Richter: Birkenau’. An impressive art project close to Auschwitz as a warning to never forget.

 
 
The Italian delegates to the International Committees of the former Nazi concentration camps felt it necessary to openly express their dissatisfaction with what is happening in the heart of Europe in a declaration. The statement summarizes their concerns about the future of Europe. Image: IAK Berlin
11.07.2023

Statement of the Italian delegates of the International Committees of Former Nazi Concentration Camps.

The testimonies that the second and third generation delegates collected from the survivors of the Nazi concentration camps do not only contain the memory of their deportation and the recollection of the places where they so tragically suffered. They are also a pressing and ardent call to renounce all wars and to work towards a future marked by humanism and solidarity among peoples.  ... Statement of the Italian delegates of the International Committees of Former Nazi Concentration Camps.

 
 
16 June 2023: Presentation of the sculpture model "A Bench for Justin Sonder" at the German Resistance Memorial Center in Berlin, with Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, and the sculptress Julia Kausch from Rostock. Justin Sonder, Auschwitz survivor from Chemnitz, refused to abandon Chemnitz to the Nazis. Chemnitz, the European Capital of Culture 2025, often experiences xenophobic, anti-Semitic and extreme right-wing incidents. This only strengthens the aim of the International Auschwitz Committee to make this donation to the city of Chemnitz: a bench, on which a life-size Justin Sonder is sitting with his kind, inquiring gaze directed towards the former Jewish junior school and the people who choose to sit down next to him, to learn something about his life story and the causes of his persecution. The bronze sculpture of the bench and figure is being funded with donations from many well-wishing private individuals and institutions. Photograph: Eva Oertwig /SCHROEWIG/IAK
23.06.2023

Donation appeal for IAC project: A bench for Justin Sonder

Justin Sonder refused to let the Nazis have the final say: that is why he returned to his home town of Chemnitz after his liberation from Auschwitz.  ... Donation appeal for IAC project: A bench for Justin Sonder

 
 
Sea Watch 2 on its 13th search and rescue mission off the Libyan coast. Around 160 refugees on an overcrowded inflatable boat, 21 October 2016. Photograph: Imago/Christian Ditsch
20.06.2023
 
 
Christoph Heubner, IAC Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee. Photo: IAK Berlin
13.06.2023

Invitation to IAC press conference on 16 June 2023, 11 am, German Resistance Memorial Center, Stauffenbergstr.13, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten

The survivors of the Holocaust are not alone in feeling alarmed and disturbed by the drastic rise in support shown in current surveys for the AfD and their extreme right-wing slogans. Time and again in German cities there are violent attacks directed against ‘foreigners’, and anti-Semitic sentiments are now widespread within mainstream society. Throughout the country there is a sense of helplessness as to how the democratic parties should confront this dramatic development in society.  ... Invitation to IAC press conference on 16 June 2023, 11 am, German Resistance Memorial Center, Stauffenbergstr.13, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten

 
 
Election survey results from 1 June 2023 - Infratest dimap for ARD. Image: @Wahlen_DE
05.06.2023

On the AfD gaining strength in Germany and the result of the election for mayor in Schwerin

In Berlin, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on the growing strength of the AfD in Germany and the associated developments at local level:  ... On the AfD gaining strength in Germany and the result of the election for mayor in Schwerin

 
 
13 June 2019, Kassel, memorial service at St Martin’s Church for the murdered District President Dr Walter Lübcke. The Minister President of Hesse, Volker Bouffier, pays tribute to the murdered representative. Image: imago images/Hartenfelser
02.06.2023

4 years since the murder of Walter Lübcke on 2 June 2019

On the fourth anniversary of the murder of Walter Lübcke on 2 June 2019, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said in Berlin:  ... 4 years since the murder of Walter Lübcke on 2 June 2019

 
 
Thomas Buergenthal, Holocaust survivor, retired judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and Professor at the George Washington University Law School, delivers keynote address at the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York on 31 January 2018. United Nations. Photograph: imago images/Wang Ying/Photoshot
31.05.2023

Auschwitz survivor Thomas Buergenthal dies aged 89

It is with profound sorrow, heartfelt appreciation and the greatest respect that Auschwitz survivors throughout the world are bidding farewell to Thomas Buergenthal who survived Auschwitz as one of the few remaining Jewish children. In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute as follows:  ... Auschwitz survivor Thomas Buergenthal dies aged 89

 
 
11 May 1960: After agents from the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad had captured Eichmann in a suburb of Buenos Aires, they swiftly took him to a hidden location. During his interrogation Eichmann admitted to his true identity and signed a document in which he agreed to stand trial in Israel. Eleven days later he was secretly flown to Israel in an EI AI aircraft. Photoraph: yadvashem.org
12.05.2023

Capture and abduction of Adolf Eichmann 63 years ago on 11 and 12 May 1960

While at the Auschwitz Memorial Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented as follows on the present-day significance of Adolf Eichmann’s capture and abduction 63 years ago on 11 and 12 May 1960:  ... Capture and abduction of Adolf Eichmann 63 years ago on 11 and 12 May 1960

 
 
10 May 1933: At a mass event at Opernplatz (Bebelplatz) in Berlin, German students from the city’s universities publicly burn ‘un-German’ books and writings that they have confiscated. Photograph: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-14597 / Georg Pahl /CC-BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia
10.05.2023

90th anniversary of Nazi book burning ritual launched on 10 May 1933

While at the Auschwitz Memorial, and speaking on the 90th anniversary of the Nazi book burning ritual launched on 10 May 1933, Christoph Heubner, author and Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... 90th anniversary of Nazi book burning ritual launched on 10 May 1933

 
 
9 May, at 16 minutes past midnight: signing of the Act of Surrender by Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel, Chief of Armed Forces High Command, General-Admiral von Friedeburg, Commander-in-Chief of the Navy and Colonel-General Hans-Jürgen Stumpff representing the air force (Luftwaffe). Signatories on the Allied side were Marshal Georgy Zhukov on behalf of the Supreme High Command of the Red Army, and three representatives of the American, British and French Allied Forces. This marked the official end of World War II.in Europe. Photograph: Imago/Leemage
08.05.2023

As a new war in Europe rages, the world remembers the end of World War II on 8 and 9 May 1945

Speaking while at the Auschwitz Memorial on today’s Remembrance Day marking the end of World War II, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... As a new war in Europe rages, the world remembers the end of World War II on 8 and 9 May 1945

 
 
 
Neuruppin District Court. On 28 June 2022 the district court in Neuruppin sentenced Josef Schütz to 5 years imprisonment for aiding and abetting murder and attempted murder. Image: Website of the District Court Neuruppin
28.04.2023

Former concentration camp guard Josef Schütz dies aged 102 before final decision on prison sentence

Whilst at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on the death of the former SS guard Joseph Schütz as follows:  ... Former concentration camp guard Josef Schütz dies aged 102 before final decision on prison sentence

 
 
28 April 2023: At the Leipzig Book Fair IAC Executive Vice President Christoph Heubner reads from his new book ‘Als Wir die Maikäfer waren’ (When we were the Maybugs). Image: Michèle Déodat
28.04.2023

IAC Executive Vice President Christoph Heubner reads at the Leipzig Book Fair

There was lively interest today when IAC Executive Vice President Christoph Heubner read from his new book ‘Als Wir die Maikäfer waren’ (When we were the Maybugs). It is the final volume in his trilogy of Auschwitz stories published by the Steidl Verlag. And this is the first time that the IAC has been represented at the Leipzig Book Fair: 27 to 30 April, Hall 4 Stand A 303.  ... IAC Executive Vice President Christoph Heubner reads at the Leipzig Book Fair

 
 
Roger Waters during the "This Is Not a Drill" tour. Chicago U.S. Photo: IMAGO/ZUMA Wire
25.04.2023

Antisemitism accusations: Administrative court allows Roger Waters performance in Frankfurt

Not only Jewish survivors of the German concentration and extermination camps are once again deeply saddened, horrified and increasingly disillusioned by the Frankfurt Administrative Court decision on the upcoming performance by British singer Roger Waters at the Frankfurter Festhalle.  ... Antisemitism accusations: Administrative court allows Roger Waters performance in Frankfurt

 
 
Marian Turski, Auschwitz survivor and President of the International Auschwitz Committee, during his speech delivered in Warsaw on 19 April 2023 at the state ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Image: Spiegel Online
21.04.2023

Marian Turski's speech marking the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Speech delivered on 19 April 2023 in Warsaw by Marian Turski, Auschwitz survivor and President of the International Auschwitz Committee, at the state ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.  ... Marian Turski's speech marking the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

 
 
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: a photograph from the report by Jürgen Stroop to Heinrich Himmler from May 1943. Report title: The Jewish Quarter of Warsaw Is No More! Original photo caption: Forcibly pulled out of bunkers. Suppression of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ─ captured Jews are led by German Waffen-SS troops to the assembly point for deportation. Photograph: IMAGO/Reinhard Schultz
18.04.2023

80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on 19 April 1943

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the presidents of Poland, Israel and Germany, Duda, Herzog and Steinmeier, will attend the state ceremony in Warsaw together. They will meet there with Marian Turski, the Polish-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and President of the International Auschwitz Committee, as well as Stanislaw Zalewski, Polish survivor of Auschwitz and further survivors of the German concentration and extermination camps.  ... 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on 19 April 1943

 
 
The March of the Living (Hebrew מצעד החיים Mitzad HaChajim) is a walk of remembrance from Auschwitz I concentration camp to Birkenau extermination camp. Since it was founded in 1988, more than 300,000 participants from 50 countries have taken part on Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – in memory of all the victims of the Holocaust and walked together along the 3-km-long path from Auschwitz to Birkenau. Image: facebook.com/MOTLorg
16.04.2023

35th anniversary of the March of the Living on 18 April in Oswiecim/Auschwitz with trainees from Emden, Wolfsburg and Osnabrück.

Since 1988 more than 300,000, mostly Jewish, young people from around the world have taken part in the March of the Living, walking in a column along the three-kilometre-long path from Auschwitz I concentration camp to Birkenau extermination camp. This walk of remembrance is dedicated to the memory of those murdered in Auschwitz, and in honour of the survivors.  ... 35th anniversary of the March of the Living on 18 April in Oswiecim/Auschwitz with trainees from Emden, Wolfsburg and Osnabrück.

 
 
The last surviving chief prosecutor in the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials has died. Benjamin Ferencz was 103 years old. imago/ZUMA Press
09.04.2023

Benjamin Ferencz, chief prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen Trial and subsequent Nuremberg Trials, has died

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute to Benjamin Ferencz who has died at the age of 103:  ... Benjamin Ferencz, chief prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen Trial and subsequent Nuremberg Trials, has died

 
 
The International Auschwitz Committee will present itself at the Leipzig Book Fair from April 27 to April 30, 2023 in Hall 4, Stand A 303. Image: Leipzig Book Fair
24.03.2023

The International Auschwitz Committee will present itself for the first time at the Leipzig Book Fair from 27 to 30 April 2023 in Hall 4, Stand A 303.

For the first time ever, the International Auschwitz Committee will be taking part in the Leipzig Book Fair. It will be presenting books and brochures from its work which focus on the memories, feelings and experiences of Holocaust survivors told after their liberation and also reflecting their later ‘second ‘lives’.  ... The International Auschwitz Committee will present itself for the first time at the Leipzig Book Fair from 27 to 30 April 2023 in Hall 4, Stand A 303.

 
 
The International Auschwitz Committee is urging Twitter and Elon Musk to take decisive steps against the alarming increases in anti-Semitic tweets since its takeover in October 2022 and to strictly adhere to EU laws. Image: IMAGO/NurPhoto
23.03.2023

International Auschwitz Committee urges Elon Musk to rid Twitter of anti-Semitic smears and hatred.

Whilst at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on press reports about the massive increase in anti-Semitic contents on Twitter following its takeover by Elon Musk:  ... International Auschwitz Committee urges Elon Musk to rid Twitter of anti-Semitic smears and hatred.

 
 
Governor of Lower Austria and ÖVP leader Johanna Mikl-Leitner with Udo Landbauer, head of the far-right FPÖ of Lower Austria and heavily criticized for an anti-Semitic songbook published by his fraternity. They are negotiating for a coalition. Image: ORF.at
18.03.2023

International Auschwitz Committee horrified that ÖVP is making the far right socially acceptable

Following the state election in Lower Austria, the country’s geographically largest state, a coalition is currently emerging between the ÖVP and an FPÖ in which has accommodated leading representatives of far-right and anti-Semitic attitudes for many years.  ... International Auschwitz Committee horrified that ÖVP is making the far right socially acceptable

 
 
Jewish Cemetery, Kraków: Henri Goldberg, who survived the Holocaust by hiding in Belgium as a child, stands in front of the grave of Maria Orwid. She was one of the first psychologists in Europe to work with traumatized children and young people who had survived the Holocaust. Image: Hannah Lessing/IAC Vienna
12.03.2023

80th Memorial Day in remembrance of Kraków Ghetto liquidation

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the final liquidation of Kraków Ghetto, on 13 March 1943, and the deportation of the last remaining Jewish prisoners to Plaszow and Auschwitz concentration camps, the Presidium of the International Auschwitz Committee gathered for a meeting in Kraków.  ... 80th Memorial Day in remembrance of Kraków Ghetto liquidation

 
 
VW trainees involved in conservation work at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial. Image: Karl Lehmann / IAC Berlin
03.03.2023

International Auschwitz Committee and Volkswagen AG renew project work with trainees at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.

The International Auschwitz Committee and Volkswagen AG have started working together again. They are holding a preparatory seminar in Hanover as the conservation project with trainees at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial gets underway again following the interruption caused by the Covid pandemic.  ... International Auschwitz Committee and Volkswagen AG renew project work with trainees at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.

 
 
21 February 2023: The Berlinale awards Steven Spielberg the Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement. Image: SCHROEWIG, Collage KGS/IAC Berlin
21.02.2023

Steven Spielberg receives Honorary Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival

Speaking in Berlin on today’s Berlinale award of the Honorary Golden Bear for Steven Spielberg, Christoph Heubner, Excutive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Steven Spielberg receives Honorary Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival

 
 
The successful historical drama series of the Greek channel ERT, "The Bracelet of Fire", recalls the fate of the Jews of Thessaloniki". It is based on the book of the same name by Béatrice Saias-Magrizou. Image: ERT, Collage: KGS/IAC Berlin
20.02.2023

TV series about a family in the Holocaust moves millions

"The Bracelet of Fire" tells the shocking story about Jewish people as it has never been told in Greece.  ... TV series about a family in the Holocaust moves millions

 
 
Prevent upcoming appearance of QAnon propagandist Friedemann Mack in Falkensee town hall in Brandenburg. Image: imago/Steinach, Collage: KGS/IAK Berlin
15.02.2023

Prevent upcoming appearance of QAnon propagandist Friedemann Mack in Falkensee town hall!

Commenting in Berlin on the upcoming appearance of QAnon propagandist Friedemann Mack in Falkensee town hall, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stressed:  ... Prevent upcoming appearance of QAnon propagandist Friedemann Mack in Falkensee town hall!

 
 
Potsdam Germany, 21 March 1933. Handshake at official meeting of Chancellor Adolf Hitler and President Paul Ludwig von Hindenburg at the opening ceremony of the Reichstag held in the Garrison Church in Potsdam. Image: imago images/Leemage
13.02.2023

IAC calls for change in Germany’s remembrance culture

These days mark the 90th anniversary of the time when the Nazis took over power in Germany on 30 January 1933 and then promptly destroyed the foundations of democracy in civil society in the following few weeks of February and March 1933.  ... IAC calls for change in Germany’s remembrance culture

 
 
Demonstration against the AfD on 15 May 2021 in Siegen/Germany. Image: IMAGO / Rene Traut
06.02.2023

Ten years of AfD: Increasingly radical

Commenting in Berlin on the 10-year existence of the AfD as a far right extremist party in Germany, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stressed:  ... Ten years of AfD: Increasingly radical

 
 
Der Angriff - Das deutsche Abendblatt, Berlin 30 Jan.1933: National Socialistt seizure of power in Germany. Image: Mabit1, evening edition of Der Angriff, CC BY-SA 4.0
30.01.2023

90 years since so-called seizure of power by National Socialists in Germany

While in Chemnitz, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, gave a statement on the 90th anniversary of the so-called seizure of power by the National Socialists in Germany:  ... 90 years since so-called seizure of power by National Socialists in Germany

 
 
Surviving Jewish children in Auschwitz with nurses. The photograph was taken by a Soviet photographer while making a film about the liberation of the camp. Image: IMAGO / Reinhard Schultz, Collage: KGS / IAK Berlin
26.01.2023

78th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, issued an emphatic statement marking the 78th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on 27 January:  ... 78th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

 
 
23 January 2023, in Warsaw the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausėda (left), awards Marian Turski the Cross of Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. Image: Leszech Zych / Polityka
25.01.2023

Republic of Lithuania honours Marian Turski with the Cross of Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania

Marian Turski, Auschwitz survivor, President of the International Auschwitz Committee, long-standing head of the historical section of POLITYKA and Chairman of the International Museum Council at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, was awarded the Cross of Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania on 23 January.  ... Republic of Lithuania honours Marian Turski with the Cross of Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania

 
 
The Kaunas Ghetto Orchestra with Alexander Stupel (front row left) certainly surrounded by his siblings Bori Stupel and Sonia Abramson. Ca. 1941-1944. Photo: © Shoah Memorial via UNESCO
14.01.2023

UNESCO Invitation to the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

The invitation includes a commemoration on January 26, 2023, the exhibition "There was a Time.... Jewish Family Photographs Before 1939" from January 17 - February 10, 2023, and the worldwide screening of Ari Folman's "Where is Anne Frank!" by UNESCO field offices.  ... UNESCO Invitation to the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

 
 
Prof. Felix Kolmer, Czech-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and Czech Vice-President of the International Auschwitz Committee. Born in Prague in 1922, Prof. Felix Kolmer died in Prague on Aug. 5, 2022. Image: memoryofnations.eu, IAC Berlin
10.01.2023

Invitation to the commemoration evening of Felix Kolmer, the man who made us all better.

The Embassy of the Czech Republic, Berlin and the International Auschwitz Committee cordially invite you to the commemoration evening of Prof. Felix Kolmer.  ... Invitation to the commemoration evening of Felix Kolmer, the man who made us all better.

 
 
 
The Death Gate in Stutthof concentration camp, 1941–1945. Image: GEDANOPEDIA, foundation Gdańsk – image excerpt IAC Berlin
20.12.2022

Stutthof Trial: Accessory to murder of more than 11,000 people

In Itzehoe, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented as follows on the upcoming verdict in the Stutthof Trial against Irmgard F., the former secretary to the camp commandant, who is facing the charge of being an accessory to the murder of more than 11,000 people:  ... Stutthof Trial: Accessory to murder of more than 11,000 people

 
 
The arrival of Hungarian Jews in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. Between 2 May and 9 July 1944, under the guidance of the German SS, members of the Hungarian gendarmerie deported more than 430,000 Hungarian Jews, most of them to Auschwitz in Poland. Image: IMAGO /Reinhard Schultz
19.12.2022

Holocaust Literature should be obligatory in German curriculum

Commenting on the appeal made by the representation of German subject teachers to the ministers of education, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Christoph Heubner, said:  ... Holocaust Literature should be obligatory in German curriculum

 
 
Worldwide Hanukkah celebration in honor of Holocaust survivors. Invitation to the online event on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. ET. Image: Claims Conference
13.12.2022

Holocaust Survivors Honored in Worldwide Chanukah Celebration

Please join us Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 1:30 PM ET for the online event  ... Holocaust Survivors Honored in Worldwide Chanukah Celebration

 
 
The time has come to focus more clearly on the AfD in the German Bundestag, particularly under security aspects, and to point out their responsibilities for current developments in the far-right milieu. Image: IMAGO / Christian Ohde, KGS / IAC Berlin
10.12.2022

The political consequences of the raid against the far-right milieu on 7 December 2022

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the political consequences of the raid against the far-right (Reichsbürger) milieu as follows:  ... The political consequences of the raid against the far-right milieu on 7 December 2022

 
 
7 December 2022: Prince Heinrich XIII. Reuß is led away in handcuffs by two police officers. Photo: Tagesspiegel
07.12.2022

Raid targeting right-wing extremists in Germany

Commenting on today’s raid by security forces, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Raid targeting right-wing extremists in Germany

 
 
Donald Trump on Twitter. The Twitter profile of the 45th President of the United States of America was reactivated after the service’s takeover by Elon Musk. Image: IMAGO/Revierfoto
29.11.2022

Current developments surrounding Twitter and the network service’s owner Elon Musk.

Holocaust survivors are deeply concerned as they follow the current developments surrounding the social network service Twitter.  ... Current developments surrounding Twitter and the network service’s owner Elon Musk.

 
 
Tadeusz Borowski, Polish writer (* 12 November 1922 in Zhytomyr, Ukraine; † 3 July 1951 in Warsaw). Image: KGS/IAC Berlin
12.11.2022

Remembering the world-renowned writer and Auschwitz survivor Tadeusz Borowski who was born 100 years ago on 12 November 1922.

To this day, his two collections of stories: Here in Our Auschwitz and Other Stories, and This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, both published in Poland in 1946, remain particularly disturbing and moving accounts of the horrors in Auschwitz for readers of classic world literature.  ... Remembering the world-renowned writer and Auschwitz survivor Tadeusz Borowski who was born 100 years ago on 12 November 1922.

 
 
Zilli Schmidt was born as Cäsilie Reichmann in Thuringia in 1924. She survived the concentration camps of Lety in Bohemia and the so-called Gypsy Family Camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Her daughter, her parents and her relatives were gassed there in 1944. On the same day Zilli was deported to Ravensbrück as a forced labourer. Together with her cousin she managed to escape from the concentration camp, found her way to an uncle in Berlin and acquired false documents that enabled her to move freely until the end of the war. She lived in Mannheim. Zilli Schmidt rarely spoke publicly about her life. Image: IMAGO / Mike Schmidt
21.10.2022

Auschwitz survivor Zilli Schmidt has died at the age of 98.

Zilli Schmidt, who died today aged 98, was one of the last witnesses of the genocide against the Sinti and Roma. Speaking in Berlin, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute to Zilli as follows:  ... Auschwitz survivor Zilli Schmidt has died at the age of 98.

 
 
 
Holocaust Memorial Berlin. Image: KGS / IAC Berlin
11.10.2022

Outrage at behaviour of AfD politician from Thuringia at the Holocaust Memorial

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the behaviour of the AfD politician Holger Winterstein at the Holocaust Memorial saying:  ... Outrage at behaviour of AfD politician from Thuringia at the Holocaust Memorial

 
 
 
The election result in Italy is a shocking and saddening event for all survivors of the Holocaust and the heirs of the Resistenza italiana, one of the most important resistance movements against fascism in Europe. The fact that citizens in Italy are putting their trust in the promises of far-right populists and Mussolini’s self-appointed heirs who are taking up their positions to rule, is an alarming sign that the European idea is coming under increasing pressure. Image: 123rf
26.09.2022

IAC response to the election result in Italy

Speaking at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on the result of the Italian election and the foreseeable victory of the Fratelli d’Italia party (FDI) and other far-right parties:  ... IAC response to the election result in Italy

 
 
documenta fifteen: The banner of the Indonesian art collective bearing unmistakeable anti-Semitic images is dismantled. In the end all that remains is empty scaffolding. Then the artists from Taring Padi remove and destroy the large-format figures and discard them. Image: IMAGO/Hartenfelser
25.09.2022

At the end of documenta fifteen all that remains is a pile of rubble

Speaking at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented on the end of documenta fifteen as follows:  ... At the end of documenta fifteen all that remains is a pile of rubble

 
 
The president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, speaks in an interview with CBS in Teheran. It was held before his visit to New York where he took part in the 77th session of the UN General Assembly UNGA 77 on 19 September 2022. Image by Iranian Presidency apaimages, Teheran, Iran, Islamic Republic
20.09.2022

Open Letter from Volkswagen trainees to the Iranian president in response to his playing down of the Holocaust.

In a joint project with the International Auschwitz Committee fourteen Volkswagen trainees from Wolfsburg, Zwickau, Chemnitz and Dresden are working together to preserve and maintain the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.  ... Open Letter from Volkswagen trainees to the Iranian president in response to his playing down of the Holocaust.

 
 
2 September 2017: Prince Charles with the Statue of Remembrance, Marian Turski (Auschwitz survivor), Michèle Deodat (artist and designer of the B statue). In London the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, receives the Statue of Remembrance from Holocaust survivors. The award was presented to Prince Charles when he met survivors and representatives of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust at St James’s Palace in London. The statue depicts the inverted B in the cynical inscription above the main gate to Auschwitz concentration camp ARBEIT MACHT FREI (work sets you free). Image: Paul Burns
11.09.2022

Auschwitz survivors send a message to King Charles III

In January 2017, the International Auschwitz Committee presented Charles, Prince of Wales, with its Statue of Remembrance at St James’s Palace in London. The statue depicts the inverted letter B which the prisoners deliberately turned upside down in a demonstration of courage and defiance when they were forced to manufacture the inscription above the gate to Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp: ARBEIT MACHT FREI (work sets you free). The sculpture was designed by the French artist Michèle Déodat. The statue is regarded as the highest honour to be awarded by the survivors of...  ... Auschwitz survivors send a message to King Charles III

 
 
7 September 2022: The 96-year-old Polish-Jewish Auschwitz survivor, Marian Turski, was re-elected as president of the International Auschwitz Committee. Image: Bernd Oertwig
07.09.2022

16th General Assembly of the International Auschwitz Committee in Oswiecim/Auschwitz

Today, in Oswiecim Poland, the General Assembly of the International Auschwitz Committee ended. It takes place every five years. This year it was attended by Auschwitz survivors, relatives and descendants of the camp survivors, and representatives from Auschwitz foundations in 11 different countries.  ... 16th General Assembly of the International Auschwitz Committee in Oswiecim/Auschwitz

 
 
26 August 1992: Pogroms in Rostock Lichtenhagen, police moving in. Image: Imago/Rex Schober
22.08.2022

Remembering the pogroms in Lichtenhagen in August 1992

While in Werdau/Zwickau, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the pogroms in Lichtenhagen in August 1992 and on this year’s remembrance ceremony as follows:  ... Remembering the pogroms in Lichtenhagen in August 1992

 
 
August 2022: Motorcycle tour by the Ride 4 Solidarity motorbike club to remember and honour the liberators of the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp. Picture: André Goldstein
19.08.2022

Ride 4 Solidatity motorbike tour to honour the liberators of the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz

In August 2022 the Ride 4 Solidarity motorcycle tour organized by the Motorcycle Club, and supported by the International Auschwitz Committee, took place after having been postponed in 2020. The Ride 4 Solidarity was dedicated to the memory and in honour of the liberators of Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp.  ... Ride 4 Solidatity motorbike tour to honour the liberators of the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz

 
 
Cover of the illustrated version of Anne Frank's Diary. The diary of Anne Frank is a world-famous part of the Holocaust literature. The original work has been adapted with illustrations by the screenwriter and filmmaker Ari Folman and the illustrator David Polonsky. Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation (2019) has already been translated into 20 languages, published in some 60 countries, and has headed the bestseller lists in 5 countries. Image: By courtesy of the Anne Frank Fonds, Basle.
18.08.2022

Anne Frank’s Diary is pulled from shelves of school libraries in a school district of Fort Worth, Texas

Together with the respective school boards, ultra-conservative parents in the USA are continuing their school-cleansing campaigns against supposedly indecent literature in school and class libraries.  ... Anne Frank’s Diary is pulled from shelves of school libraries in a school district of Fort Worth, Texas

 
 
16 August 2022: Joint press conference with Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Berlin. Image: IMAGO/Jürgen Heinrich
16.08.2022

Palestinian President Abbas feeds anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic aggressions with Holocaust comparison.

Commenting in Berlin on today’s statements and Holocaust comparison by Palestinian President Abbas during a press conference with Federal Chancellor Scholz, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... Palestinian President Abbas feeds anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic aggressions with Holocaust comparison.

 
 
August 8, 2022: Zofia Posmysz, Polish author and Auschwitz survivor passed away in the Hospice of Oswiecim at the age of 98. Image: Pawelsawicki, Zofia Posmysz, Image detail: KGS / IAK Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0
08.08.2022

Zofia Posmysz, prominent Polish author and Auschwitz survivor has died at the age of 98.

Auschwitz survivors around the globe are bidding farewell with sadness, heartfelt gratitude and great esteem, from their friend, fellow sufferer, companion and renowned writer Zofia Posmysz, who died today aged 98 in the Hospice of Oswiecim.  ... Zofia Posmysz, prominent Polish author and Auschwitz survivor has died at the age of 98.

 
 
August 5, 2022: Professor Felix Kolmer, Czech-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee dies aged 100. Image: memoryofnations.eu, IAK Berlin
05.08.2022

Czech-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee Professor Felix Kolmer dies aged 100

Professor Felix Kolmer, the Czech-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, passed away this morning at the Hagibor retirement home in Prague aged 100.  ... Czech-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee Professor Felix Kolmer dies aged 100

 
 
The art exhibition documenta fifteen from 18 June to 25 September 2022. A critical visitor with an exhibition catalogue and some defective spectacles – with a blind right eye. Image: IMAGO/serienlicht
29.07.2022

Position of the International Auschwitz Committee on the current situation of documenta fifteen

Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the current situation at documenta fifteen, and specifically criticized the unwillingness of the exhibition organizers to take a stand on anti-Semitic manifestations within the exhibition:  ... Position of the International Auschwitz Committee on the current situation of documenta fifteen

 
 
Polish Prime Minister Matuesz Morawiecki. Photo: IMAGO / NurPhoto / xMateuszxWlodarczykx
27.07.2022

New appointment of the advisory body International Auschwitz Council by the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on 26 July 2022

Since the year 2000 the appointment of the International Auschwitz Council has been the responsibility of the Polish prime minister. The council’s 25 members are appointed by the prime minister as experts on the process of coming to terms with the history of Auschwitz and the Holocaust. The council members serve for a term of six years.  ... New appointment of the advisory body International Auschwitz Council by the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on 26 July 2022

 
 
Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary. Image: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / xBeataxZawrzelx
26.07.2022

On the racist statements by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Băile Tușnad, Romania

Commenting on the recent statements by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the Fidesz summer academy in Băile Tușnad, Romania, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... On the racist statements by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Băile Tușnad, Romania

 
 
Unknown persons have vandalized seven trees, by sawing them off or breaking them down, close by Buchenwald Memorial. The planting of the commemorative trees began in 1999 along the Death March routes from Buchenwald concentration camp. They are in honour and recognition of the courage of German anti-fascists Emil Carlebach, Otto Kipp, Erich Loch, Reinhold Lochmann, August Stötzel. They are also in honour of the 1,600 children and young people who did not survive Buchenwald, and the French engineer and industrialist, Marcel Dassault. The destroyed trees symbolize life, their lives and their sacrifices. Image: Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation
21.07.2022

Attack on Buchenwald Memorial

During a visit to France, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, made a statement on the targeted attack on the Buchenwald concentration camp Memorial. The attack included the vandalizing of trees dedicated to children murdered in the camp:  ... Attack on Buchenwald Memorial

 
 
The people were crammed together in busses like this and taken to the Vélodrome d’hiver. Illustration: Jean Cabut, known as Cabu. "Whilst he was completing these illustrations, he had nightmares and was scarred for the rest of his life," wrote his wife, Véronique. Cabu was murdered in the Islamist attack in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on 7 January 2015.
16.07.2022

80th anniversary of the mass roundup in occupied Paris on 16 and 17 July 1942

On this day, Auschwitz survivors around the world are commemorating the 80th anniversary of the massive, brutal roundups in occupied Paris on 16 and 17 July 1942, in which Germans and French police arrested more than 13,000 Jews and incarcerated them for days in deplorable conditions in the velodrome near the Eiffel tower.  ... 80th anniversary of the mass roundup in occupied Paris on 16 and 17 July 1942

 
 
 
Emil Farkas, Israel. Survivor of Sachsenhausen concentration camp and witness in the trial of SS guard Josef Schütz. The 101-year-old former camp guard was sentenced to five years in prison for being an accessory to the murder of 3,500 people in Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Image: KGS/IAC Berlin
28.06.2022

Accessory to murder of thousands. SS guard from Sachsenhausen sentenced to five years in jail.

“The level of the sentence is not the decisive factor for the descendants. The fact that a judgement has been passed at all is the most important factor.” These were the words of Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee when commenting on the sentencing of a former SS guard in SS concentration camp.  ... Accessory to murder of thousands. SS guard from Sachsenhausen sentenced to five years in jail.

 
 
The work titled People's Justice by the Indonesian collective of underground artists Taring Padi at documenta 15 in Kassel caused a wave of outrage. The documenta organizers first decided to drape the work with black cloth, just three days after it was installed. It is now being completely dismounted. Image: hessenschau.de
21.06.2022

The most recent anti-Semitic manifestations at documenta fifteen

During a stay at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on the latest developments in the anti-Semitism debate surrounding documenta 15:  ... The most recent anti-Semitic manifestations at documenta fifteen

 
 
Trio to Remember with Christoph Heubner (clockwise): Natsuko Inada, Detlef Landeck, Christoph Heubner, Jens Dembowski. Photos: Gabriele Nielsen (Kulturzentrum Schlachthof)
17.06.2022
 
 
IAC Vice President Christoph Heubner and exhibition organizer and documentarian Michèle Déodat present their exhibition "Institute to remember" at the Kunsthaus Göttingen. Image: Kunsthaus Göttingen, Christoph Heubner, KGS/IAC Berlin
16.06.2022

Exhibition "Institute to remember" at Kunsthaus Göttingen June 18 – September 25, 2022

IAC Vice President Christoph Heubner and exhibition organizer and documentarian Michèle Déodat present their exhibition "Institute to remember" at the Kunsthaus Göttingen.  ... Exhibition "Institute to remember" at Kunsthaus Göttingen June 18 – September 25, 2022

 
 
Anti-Semitic relief, a so-called Jews’ sow sculpture on the Evangelische Stadtkirche in Wittenberg, where Martin Luther once preached. The information on a panel at the church says: There is a relief scorning and deriding the Jewish religion on the south-east corner of the Stadtkirche which has been there since around 1290. Defamatory sculptures of this kind that depict Jews in connection with pigs – animals which are deemed unclean in Judaism – were particularly widespread in the Middle Ages. Image: IMAGO / Winfried Rothermel
15.06.2022

Judgement of the Federal Court on the depiction of the so-called Jews’ sow in Wittenberg

During a stay at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, commented on today’s Federal Court judgement concerning the anti-Jewish relief known as the "Wittenberger Judensau":  ... Judgement of the Federal Court on the depiction of the so-called Jews’ sow in Wittenberg

 
 
Dr Angela Merkel, former Federal Chancellor. Image: Eva Oertwig/SCHROEWIG
15.06.2022

Judgement of the Federal Constitutional Court on the statement by Federal Chancellor Merkel on the election of the Minister-President in the Free State of Thuringia in 2020

Commenting on today’s judgement by the Federal Constitutional Court on the statement by former Federal Chancellor Merkel on the election of the Minister-President in Thuringia with votes from the CDU, the FDP and the AfD, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stressed:  ... Judgement of the Federal Constitutional Court on the statement by Federal Chancellor Merkel on the election of the Minister-President in the Free State of Thuringia in 2020

 
 
Vice Chair Mario Lehmann (AfD,Saxony-Anhalt) with Rammstein shirt at Saxony-Anhalt state parliamentary session on 24 October 2018. Foto: IMAGO / Christian Schroedter
11.06.2022

The quiet return of the former MP, Mario Lehmann, to the police force of Saxony-Anhalt

Commenting in Berlin on the return of the former AfD politician and regional state MP to the police service in Saxony-Anhalt, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... The quiet return of the former MP, Mario Lehmann, to the police force of Saxony-Anhalt

 
 
Detective Inspector Mario Lehmann (52) at the opening of the new police uniform store. He took photos for the police force. Image: Christian Schroedter
01.06.2022

AfD politician Mario Lehmann returns to police force

Repeated demands are being made to remove right-wing extremist officers from the police force. In Saxony-Anhalt a self-confirmed far-right extremist and despiser of the republic has returned to the police service. Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented as follows:  ... AfD politician Mario Lehmann returns to police force

 
 
Emil Farkas, Israel. Survivor of Sachsenhausen concentration camp and witness in the criminal proceedings against concentration camp guard Josef Schütz. Image: KGS/IAC Berlin
23.05.2022

Plea in the criminal proceedings against concentration camp guard Josef Schütz, who is charged with aiding and abetting the murder of 3518 prisoners in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

Today, Monday, May 23, 2022, attorney Thomas Walther pleads before the Regional Court of Neuruppin, sitting in Brandenburg, in the trial of concentration camp guard Josef Schütz, who is charged with aiding and abetting the murder of 3518 prisoners in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.  ... Plea in the criminal proceedings against concentration camp guard Josef Schütz, who is charged with aiding and abetting the murder of 3518 prisoners in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

 
 
Russia May 5, 2022, rehearsal for Victory Day military parade in Vladivostok. Image: Yuri Smityuk/IMAGO/ITAR-TASS
09.05.2022

8 and 9 May: Days of remembrance marking the end of World War II

On this 9 May 2022, Auschwitz survivors across the globe are commemorating all of the Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian soldiers of the Red Army who liberated them from Auschwitz and led them back into life.  ... 8 and 9 May: Days of remembrance marking the end of World War II

 
 
Prof. Felix Kolmer, Czech Jewish survivor of Auschwitz and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee. Image: memoryofnations.eu, IAC Berlin
03.05.2022

Prof. Felix Kolmer, Auschwitz survivor and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee turns 100

Today, it is the 100th birthday of the Czech Jewish survivor of Auschwitz and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Prof. Felix Kolmer, who is marking his 100th anniversary in the Jewish retirement home Hagibor in Prague.  ... Prof. Felix Kolmer, Auschwitz survivor and Czech Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee turns 100

 
 
28 April 2022, Jerusalem, Israel: President Isaac Herzog and his wife, First Lady Michal Herzog, light candles on Yom Hashoah in the Knesset in memory of the martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust. Image:
28.04.2022

Yom hashoah: Worldwide remembrance of the martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust

Speaking in Berlin on the occasion of today’s Holocaust Remembrance Day Yom Hashoah, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Yom hashoah: Worldwide remembrance of the martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust

 
 
Kolmar Park, 4143 N. Kolmar Ave. in Old Irving Park Image: Ariel Parrella-Aureli/Block Club Chicago
27.04.2022

Chicago honours Gertrud Kolmar, the German-Jewish poet who was murdered in Auschwitz

It’s a lovely story: For many years, tucked away in the northwest of Chicago, there has been a rather inconspicuous park called Kolmar Park. It is named after the city of Colmar in Alsace, France, near the border with Germany.  ... Chicago honours Gertrud Kolmar, the German-Jewish poet who was murdered in Auschwitz

 
 
 
Marian Turski, President of the International Auschwitz Committee. Image: Wojciech Grabowski, Excerpt: IAK Berlin, CC BY-SA 4.0
24.03.2022

Marie Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin awards honorary doctorate to IAC President Marian Turski.

The Polish-Jewish Auschwitz survivor and President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Marian Turski, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Senate of the Polish Marie Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin.  ... Marie Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin awards honorary doctorate to IAC President Marian Turski.

 
 
Holocaust survivor Boris Romanchenko was killed in a Russian missile attack in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on March 18, 2022, during Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Image: IMAGO / photo2000
22.03.2022

Ukrainian Holocaust survivor Boris Romantschenko (96) killed in Russian shelling of Kharkiv

Ukrainian Holocaust survivor Boris Romantschenko aged 96 was killed when Russian shells hit his flat in an attack on his home town of Kharkiv on Friday. During a stay at the Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Ukrainian Holocaust survivor Boris Romantschenko (96) killed in Russian shelling of Kharkiv

 
 
Auschwitz survivor Leon Schwarzbaum passes in Potsdam aged 101 years. Image: IMAGO / Metodi Popow
14.03.2022

Auschwitz survivor Leon Schwarzbaum passes at the age of 101.

On Monday night the Auschwitz survivor Leon Schwarzbaum died in Potsdam at the age of 101. Leon Schwarzbaum was born as the son of a Polish-Jewish family in Hamburg in 1921, but he grew up in the Polish town of Bedzin in Upper Silesia. In 1943, after the dissolution of the ghetto there, the family, was deported to Auschwitz.  ... Auschwitz survivor Leon Schwarzbaum passes at the age of 101.

 
 
Holocaust survivor Inge Deutschkron has died aged 99 years. Image: IMAGO/Becker&Bredel
09.03.2022

Holocaust survivor Inge Deutschkron has died aged 99 years.

Holocaust survivors across the world are bidding farewell to their companion and fellow sufferer Inge Detschkron. They are eternally grateful to her, and they are expressing their heartfelt affection and respect at her passing. During a stay at Auschwitz Memorial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, paid tribute to her as follows:  ... Holocaust survivor Inge Deutschkron has died aged 99 years.

 
 
Administrative Court in Cologne: AfD may and should be under surveillance by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Image: IMAGO/Christian Ohde, KGS/IAC Berlin
09.03.2022

Administrative Court in Cologne: AfD may and should be under surveillance by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

During a visit at the Auschwitz Memorial Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee commented as follows on the Cologne Administrative Court‘s decision for surveillance of the AfD:  ... Administrative Court in Cologne: AfD may and should be under surveillance by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

 
 
Statement of the International Committee Buchenwald, Dora and Command IKBD on the invasion of Ukraine. Image: ICBD, KGS, IAC Berlin
08.03.2022

Statement of the International Committee Buchenwald, Dora and Kommandos ICBD concerning the invasion of Ukraine.

Dear Madam, Dear Sir, We, representatives of the International Committee Buchenwald, Dora and Kommandos ICBD, hereby inform you of our statement concerning the invasion of Ukraine. We thank you for the attention you will give to this statement and we invite you to give it the widest possible diffusion. Very respectfully Eva Pusztay, Naftali Fürst, Vasile Nuzsbaum, survivors of the nazi camps, members of the ICBD, together with their camp inmates, The Executive Bureau and other delegations of the ICBD  ... Statement of the International Committee Buchenwald, Dora and Kommandos ICBD concerning the invasion of Ukraine.

 
 
Missiles strike next to the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial on the outskirts of Kyiv. Image: RND.de
02.03.2022

Damage inflicted on the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, made a statement concerning the damage inflicted on the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial during the bombardment of Kyiv’s neighbouring television tower. He said:  ... Damage inflicted on the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial

 
 
Feb. 27, 2022 More than a hundred thousand Germans, Ukrainians, Russians and people from all over the world demonstrate in Berlin against Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Image: KGS, IAC Berlin
27.02.2022

Putin's cynical and treacherous lie to justify his invasion of Ukraine.

Time and again the Russian president Vladimir Putin uses the terms “genocide” and “denazification” in his arguments for the invasion of Ukraine. In this context Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee stated in Berlin:  ... Putin's cynical and treacherous lie to justify his invasion of Ukraine.

 
 
Gabriel Bach was deputy state prosecutor in the Eichmann Trial in Israel. He is holding a photograph with himself in the foreground and Eichmann in the background. Gabriel Bach died on 18 February 2022 aged 94. Image: Menahem Kahana/AFP
19.02.2022

Gabriel Bach, deputy state prosecutor in the Eichmann Trial, dies aged 94.

Speaking in Berlin on the death of Gabriel Bach, deputy state prosecutor in the Eichmann Trial, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... Gabriel Bach, deputy state prosecutor in the Eichmann Trial, dies aged 94.

 
 
Władysław Bartoszewski Image: https://dzieje.pl TSCHÜSS. Grygiel
18.02.2022

Homage to Władysław Bartoszewski by Marian Turski

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski would have turned 100 on February 19. In his tribute to Władysław Bartoszewski, Marian Turski pays tribute to the Auschwitz survivor and great Polish statesman.  ... Homage to Władysław Bartoszewski by Marian Turski

 
 
Richter based his Birkenau Cycle on four black-and-white photos that were taken secretly by a prisoner and then smuggled out of Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. Image: imago/Robert Michael
09.02.2022

Gerhard Richter turns 90

On the occasion of Gerhard Richter’s 90th birthday Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee congratulated the artist as follows:  ... Gerhard Richter turns 90

 
 
The radical right-wing AfD candidate for the Bundestag, Jens Maier, at a joint rally staged by Pegida and AfD on 5 June 2017 at the Altmarkt in Dresden. Image: Imago/Paul Sander
05.02.2022

Far-right AfD politician Jens Meier wants to return to office as judge

Commenting in Berlin on the imminent return of AfD politician Jens Maier to the office of judge in the Free State of Saxony, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... Far-right AfD politician Jens Meier wants to return to office as judge

 
 
The International Auschwitz Committee is supporting the nomination of MEMORIAL for the award of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize. Image: IAC Berlin
29.01.2022

The International Auschwitz Committee is wholeheartedly supporting the proposal to award MEMORIAL the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

Representatives from almost every party in the Estonian parliament have issued a joint press statement nominating the Russian human rights organization MEMORIAL for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.  ... The International Auschwitz Committee is wholeheartedly supporting the proposal to award MEMORIAL the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

 
 
77th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. Image: ZDF.de, IAC Berlin
26.01.2022

h Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Speaking in Berlin on the occasion of tomorrow’s 77th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and the International Day in Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, said:  ... h Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

 
 
Raphael Esrail of blessed memory, Image: memoiresdesdeportations.org, excerpt IAC Berlin
23.01.2022

Raphael Esrail, Auschwitz survivor, French Vice President of the IAC and President of the Union dés déportés d’Auschwitz in Paris, has died.

Auschwitz survivors around the globe are deeply saddened by the passing of Raphael Esrail at the age of 96 in Lannion (Côtes d’Armor) France. At the same time they are profoundly grateful to their friend, fellow sufferer and long-time companion.  ... Raphael Esrail, Auschwitz survivor, French Vice President of the IAC and President of the Union dés déportés d’Auschwitz in Paris, has died.

 
 
Trude Simonsohn. Image: Tagesschau.de
06.01.2022

Auschwitz survivor Trude Simonsohn dies at 100 years of age

It is with deepest gratitude and sadness that Auschwitz survivors around the world are bidding farewell to their friend and fellow sufferer Trude Simonsohn who has passed away at the age of 100 years. In a tribute to her, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Auschwitz survivor Trude Simonsohn dies at 100 years of age

 
 
Auschwitz survivor Gertrude Pressburger. Image: http://www.bundespraesident.at
02.01.2022

Auschwitz survivor Gertrude Pressburger has died at the age of 94

In a tribute to the Auschwitz survivor Gertrude Pressburger, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Auschwitz survivor Gertrude Pressburger has died at the age of 94

 
 
A judge at Russia’s Supreme Court announces the verdict against Memorial International. Image: Tagesschau.de
29.12.2021

Russia’s Supreme Court orders closure of the human rights organization Memorial.

Commenting on the continuing efforts to suppress Russian institutions and to destroy Memorial, Christoph Heubner, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Russia’s Supreme Court orders closure of the human rights organization Memorial.

 
 
Steven Spielberg, Image: Eva Oertwig, SCHROEWIG, IAK Berlin
18.12.2021

Auschwitz survivors around the world congratulate Steven Spielberg on his 75th birthday.

In Berlin Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, congratulated and paid tribute to the film director Steven Spielberg on his 75th birthday:  ... Auschwitz survivors around the world congratulate Steven Spielberg on his 75th birthday.

 
 
The leader of the far right Dutch party Forum for Democracy (FvD), Thierry Baudet. Image: nu.nl
17.12.2021

Amsterdam verdict: Far right populist not to compare Coronavirus rules with the Holocaust

Auschwitz survivors are welcoming the ground-breaking court judgement handed down yesterday in Amsterdam against the MP Thierry Baudet. Baudet had made repeated references in his statements comparing the coronavirus measures taken by the Dutch authorities with the persecution of Jewish families during the Holocaust.  ... Amsterdam verdict: Far right populist not to compare Coronavirus rules with the Holocaust

 
 
Carry van Lakerveld, former Dutch vice president of the International Auschwitz Committee. Image: boomgeschiedenis.nl, IAC Berlin
11.12.2021

Carry van Lakerveld, former Dutch vice president of the International Auschwitz Committee died.

Sadly and full of gratitude, the International Auschwitz Committee says goodbye to its former Dutch Vice-President Carry van Lakerveld, who has died in Amsterdam at the age of 83.  ... Carry van Lakerveld, former Dutch vice president of the International Auschwitz Committee died.

 
 
AfD id for chair of interior committee: fatally thoughtless signal. Image: IAC Berlin
10.12.2021

AfD bid to chair Bundestag interior committee: fatally thoughtless signal

The survivors of the German concentration and extermination camps are following the first steps taken by the new government in Germany with great interest. Commenting in Berlin Christoph Heubner, the der Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... AfD bid to chair Bundestag interior committee: fatally thoughtless signal

 
 
8.12.2021: Christoph Heubner honoured with the Great Cross of Merit. Image: IAC Berlin
08.12.2021

Christoph Heubner honoured for his great commitment

During a ceremony held under Coronavirus restrictions, Reinhard Naumann, Mayor of the district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in Berlin, presented the Great Cross of Merit to Christoph Heubner.  ... Christoph Heubner honoured for his great commitment

 
 
Kara Tepe refugee camp on Lesbos. Image: Twitter/Mission Lifeline
04.12.2021

Holocaust survivors thank Pope Francis

In a statement concerning the present journey of Pope Francis to Cyprus, his clear words during his meeting with refugees in Nicosia, and his subsequent journey to Greece with his renewed visit to the refugee camp on Lesbos, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Holocaust survivors thank Pope Francis

 
 
International Holocaust Survivors Night 2021 by Claims Conference.
30.11.2021

International Holocaust Survivors Night 2021

The claims conference invites you to a special program honoring Holocaust survivors worldwide. Holocaust survivors from around the world – from Israel, the U.S., Germany, Russia, Canada and dozens of other countries – will join together in a digital, global gathering.  ... International Holocaust Survivors Night 2021

 
 
Auschwitz Educational Visit 2022. Image: Markus
15.11.2021

Auschwitz Visit 2022

Remembrance and educational visit to Kraków, Oświęcim and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.  ... Auschwitz Visit 2022

 
 
Auschwitz survivor Albina Moimas. Image: hna.de, Collage IAC Berlin
30.10.2021

Auschwitz survivor Albina Moimas celebrates her 100th birthday

In honour of her 100th birthday the Auschwitz Committee presents the commemorative medal marking the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz to Albina Moimas.  ... Auschwitz survivor Albina Moimas celebrates her 100th birthday

 
 
Gerhard Richter, Germany's most important living artist, painted his four-part monumental work "Birkenau Cycle" based on photographs taken by a Jewish prisoner at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in August 1944. Image: katholisch1.tv
27.10.2021

The artist Gerhard Richter is presenting an edition of his Birkenau Paintings and four Grey Mirror paintings to the International Auschwitz Committee.

The exhibition ensemble of works by the world-famous German artist includes not only these mirror paintings but also four reproductions of the original photographs taken by a prisoner in Birkenau.  ... The artist Gerhard Richter is presenting an edition of his Birkenau Paintings and four Grey Mirror paintings to the International Auschwitz Committee.

 
 
„Durch die Knochen bis ins Herz“ (Through the Bones to the Heart) - the new book by Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee. Image: IAK Berlin
17.10.2021

2.-18.11.2021: Reading tour Christoph Heubner

Christoph Heubner, author and vice president of the International Auschwitz Committee, will go on a reading tour with his new book "Durch die Knochen bis ins Herz" in November.  ... 2.-18.11.2021: Reading tour Christoph Heubner

 
 
Entrance to Block 17 with the new Austria exhibition in Auschwitz. Image: National Fund of the Republic of Austria for the Victims of National Socialism, Parliamentary Directorate/Ulrike Wieser
04.10.2021

Opening of the newly conceived and designed memorial exhibition of the Republic of Austria in Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial centre

Today, following many years of discussion on contents and design, the Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen will open the Republic of Austria’s new memorial exhibition at the Auschwitz Memorial, together with the Polish Auschwitz survivor and President of the International Auschwitz Committee Marian Turski and a group of relatives and descendants of Austrian Auschwitz prisoners.  ... Opening of the newly conceived and designed memorial exhibition of the Republic of Austria in Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial centre

 
 
AfD election results in Saxony and Thuringia: a dramatic wake-up call for the democratic parties and society as a whole. Image: ARD, Wikipedia, Coat of arms of Thuringia, Collage: IAC Berlin, CC0 1.0
27.09.2021

AfD results in Saxony and Thuringia a dramatic wake-up call for the democratic parties and society as a whole

Survivors of the Holocaust have been following the German federal elections with special interest. Commenting in Berlin, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said:  ... AfD results in Saxony and Thuringia a dramatic wake-up call for the democratic parties and society as a whole

 
 
The Death Gate of Stutthof concentration camp, 1941–1945. Image: GEDANOPEDIA, Foundation Gdansk – Picture detail by IAC Berlin
25.09.2021

Late justice – History returns: The Stutthof Trial in Itzehoe

An act of late justice for their murdered family members is what survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants are hoping for in the Nazi trial of Irmgard Furchner in Itzehoe.  ... Late justice – History returns: The Stutthof Trial in Itzehoe

 
 
19 September 2021: Unveiling of the Dutch Holocaust Memorial of Names Amsterdam. Image: Tagesschau.de
19.09.2021

The Holocaust Memorial Amsterdam is unveiled by the Dutch Auschwitz Committee and King Willem-Alexander

76 years after the end of World War II, and after more than 15 years of controversy and delays concerning the site, the Dutch Auschwitz Committee and King Willem-Alexander are today unveiling the Dutch Holocaust Memorial of Names in Amsterdam:  ... The Holocaust Memorial Amsterdam is unveiled by the Dutch Auschwitz Committee and King Willem-Alexander

 
 
III Weg election poster with incitement to murder Green politicians and voters. Image: IAC Berlin
15.09.2021

Irresponsible decision by the administrative court in Chemnitz on the III Weg posters

Commenting on the decision of the administrative court in Chemnitz on the III Weg posters, Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Irresponsible decision by the administrative court in Chemnitz on the III Weg posters

 
 
Saul Friedländer is awarded the Balzan Prize 2021 for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Image: Christliches Medienmagazin pro, Saul Friedländer 2010, Collage by IAC Berlin, CC BY 2.0
14.09.2021

Saul Friedländer is awarded the Balzan Prize 2021 for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

On the award of the prestigious international Balzan Prize to the historian and Holocaust survivor Saul Friedländer, Christoph Heubner, executive vice-president of the International Auschwitz Committee said in Berlin:  ... Saul Friedländer is awarded the Balzan Prize 2021 for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

 
 
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:  ... 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:  ... Ban with a signal effect

 
 
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08.02.2021

The prosecution of SS perpetrators should continue despite old age

Trial of a former SS guard at Sachsenhausen concentration camp for accessory to murder in more than 3,000 instances.  ... The prosecution of SS perpetrators should continue despite old age

 
 
Name streets and squares after Walter Lübcke!, Foto: ©Eva Oertwig/SCHROEWIG
29.01.2021

Name streets and squares after Walter Lübcke!

On the first anniversary of the murder of Walter Lübcke in June 2020, the International Auschwitz Committee already symbolically named a street in Berlin-Tiergarten after him in memory of this important patriot and European.  ... Name streets and squares after Walter Lübcke!

 
 
Dr. Walter Lübcke (2009)
28.01.2021

Verdict in the trial for the murder of Walter Lübcke: Sentence for Stephan E. is important and the right message

Commenting in Berlin on the verdict in the trial for the murder of the District President of Kassel, Dr Walter Lübcke, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Christoph Heubner, stated:  ... Verdict in the trial for the murder of Walter Lübcke: Sentence for Stephan E. is important and the right message

 
 
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26.01.2021

76th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: Acutely aware of the current dangers

On the occasion of the 76th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Christoph Heubner, stressed in Berlin:  ... 76th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: Acutely aware of the current dangers

 
 
Igor Levit, Invitation to the Memorial Concert
21.01.2021

Remembering the 76th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: Igor Levit plays pieces chosen by Auschwitz survivors

During these days, Auschwitz survivors around the world are commemorating the 76th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day. To mark this occasion the International Auschwitz Committee is collaborating with the Federal State Representation of Lower Saxony and showing the exhibition “What have we achieved? - Auschwitz survivors take stock”. It is mounted on the fence of the Lower Saxony Representation, opposite the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.