On the 27. In January, the world commemorates the six million murdered European Jews and other victims of national socialism. Prior to 74 years, the concentration – and extermination camp Auschwitz liberated by the Red army.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) have demanded on the occasion of Holocaust memorial day, a resolute struggle against anti-Semitism. “This day allows us to remember, what can cause racism, hatred, and enmity”, said Merkel in her Video Podcast.

Every Individual have the task, “to also carry a responsibility to ensure that we show zero tolerance against anti-Semitism, xenophobia, hatred, and racial hatred”. The Chancellor lamented that anti-Semitism and the people of the enemy propaganda are unfortunately still part of our society.

she pointed to the 2018 created the office of the Commissioner of the Federal government for the fight against anti-Semitism and the planned nation-wide reporting office for anti-Jewish Attacks.

the Meuse: “right-wing populist provocateurs back relativize the Holocaust”

Maas, noted in a guest post for the “world on Sunday” the fact that the time back closer to the time witnesses from the NS-could the reports be wrong. “Our culture of remembrance is crumbling, under pressure from the extreme Right.”

“We see, as in Europe, nationalism is propagated and enemy images are used in order to justify their own dull ideology. Right-wing populist provocateurs, to relativise the Holocaust in the Knowledge that such a taboo maximum attention given.”

Maas requested that a reminder should be places of learning. “Who is born today, for example, the pogrom night time is just as far as at the time of my birth, a Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. The changed the memory, creates more distance.”

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The Green-Chairman Anna Lena Baerbock, and Robert Habeck said: “The lesson from the terrible crime it must be, enlightenment and civic courage in daily life again and again to anchor and deepen.”

The anti-Semitism Officer of the Federal government, Felix Klein, said in the Germany radio: “We must, of course, forms of remembering, the appeal to the people today. Also, now came a few years ago only to us, either as migrants or even as refugees.” The be about “interactive forms, where, for example, his business, his own company, the own Institution, in the man’s thoughts, as in the national socialist era has arrived, what happened with the former colleagues”.

The former President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, called for in the “Passauer Neue Presse”, a “Cry of social and political institutions” and “social resistance” against anti-Semitism.

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The Wiesenthal center highlighted meanwhile, the use of the German judiciary against Nazi criminals in the past few years. In an annual report, which was released on Sunday, is the talk of “significant progress, especially in Germany”. Bad grades, countries such as Norway, Sweden, Austria, Lithuania and the Ukraine were.

Also, the German Bundestag remembered annually in a ceremony of remembrance of the victims, this year, next Thursday. In the stadiums of the Bundesliga clubs was reminded at the weekend, also to the Auschwitz liberation.


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