Wall of names inaugurated – pogrom commemoration with warning words

President Alexander Van der Bellen was unable to attend due to quarantine. The wreath-laying ceremony on the day of remembrance for the pogroms on November 9, 1938 in the German Reich, to which Austria was a member at the time, was held by the President of the National Council, Wolfgang Sobotka. And there was the inauguration of a long-fought memorial.

Ostarrichipark, 9th district in Vienna. Inauguration of the Shoah Name Wall. Engraved: 64,440 names. Jewish victims of National Socialism. An impressive and depressing memorial. Thanks to the Holocaust survivor Kurt Tutter, who is also present. Just like politicians, representatives of the Jewish community. Tutter fought for the memorial for 20 years. Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg praises his predecessor Sebastian Kurz, who implemented the project’s decision in 2018. All parties are one: a good sign for a “new Austria”.

He does not forget the old Austria, which evaded its responsibility for so long. Brings haunting fates behind the name. The oldest person to be murdered is Abraham Mühlendorf, born in 1843. Killed in 1944 on his 101st birthday in Theresienstadt. The youngest victim: Samuel Sussmann. Born in 1944. In Auschwitz. Murdered right after the birth by camp doctor Josef Mengele in front of his mother.

You have to be vigilant, said the Federal President via social media. It is about Austria’s responsibility in the darkest chapter of history, says National Council President Sobotka. He was visiting his counterpart Richard Ferrand in Paris last week. A central theme was the burgeoning anti-Semitism. Sobotka: “If you don’t face history, history will tell you.” Chancellor Schallenberg warns: “History can repeat itself.”

SPÖ urges “vigilance in the fight against anti-Semitism”
On the part of the SPÖ, party leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner and federal managing director Christian Deutsch therefore urge “vigilance in the fight against right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism”. “We have to learn from history and draw the right conclusions”, argues Rendi-Wagner for a “living culture of remembrance”.

FPÖ: “No place for anti-Semitism in Austria”
On the occasion of the commemoration of the pogrom, FPÖ boss Herbert Kickl reaffirmed the demand to overcome the “division of society into good and bad through a liberty-robbing and harassing corona policy” as quickly as possible. “There must be no place in Austria for anti-Semitism. Any form of anti-Semitism must therefore be countered quickly and decisively, ”he emphasized in a broadcast.

NEOS: “Take care of democracy every day”
“Especially in the current time, every form of division in our society must be countered with open dialogue,” notes NEOS boss Beate Meinl-Reisinger. “Every day” it is important to take care of democracy together. The night of the pogrom was preceded by “a poisoned social climate of intolerance and hatred, which finally culminated in unimaginable violence. We must never let it get that far again, ”said Meinl-Reisinger.


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