Holocaust Remembrance Day: “Preserving the memory of victims”


One must ensure “that contempt for human beings, scapegoating and violence are never again used as political instruments,” emphasized Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen in a statement on Facebook.

Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) assured that one would continue to fight against any form of anti-Semitism.

“Perpetrators were part of our society”

International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp at Auschwitz by the Soviet Red Army on January 27, 1945. “Today we commemorate the millions of people displaced, tortured and murdered by the Nazis,” Van wrote the bark. “It is our will and our obligation to preserve the memory of the victims. And it is our will and our obligation to remember that not only the victims but also the perpetrators were part of our society and shaped by it .” One can only do justice to the memory of the victims if one resolutely opposes anti-Semitism and racism.

Never forget: Holocaust memorial sites at home and abroad

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Picture gallery: Never forget: Holocaust memorial sites in Germany and abroad

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“We remember”

Government members from Chancellor Nehammer and Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens) downwards showed themselves on various social media platforms with “We remember” signs. “The time of the cruel Nazi terror regime is one of the darkest chapters in Austrian and European history,” emphasized Chancellor Nehammer on Facebook. “We will continue to fight against any form of anti-Semitism – because hatred has no place in our society,” he assured. “The atrocities of National Socialism must never be repeated. We therefore have a duty to put a stop to newly emerging anti-Semitism and hatred,” Kogler warned in a contribution.

“We remember” signs during the last National Council session:

Gusen concentration camp memorial “important measure”

Minister of the Interior Gerhard Karner (ÖVP) described the erection of a memorial in the former Gusen concentration camp as an important measure to strengthen a living culture of remembrance. The purchase of the remaining parts of the former Gusen concentration camp was completed at the end of December 2021, he announced in a broadcast. “Only through a lively culture of remembrance in schools and also in science can we ensure that such crimes are never repeated,” said Minister of Education Martin Polaschek (ÖVP).

Anti-anti-Semitism: “Nothing has lost its topicality”

“Unfortunately, the fight against anti-Semitism has lost none of its topicality,” said Constitutional Minister Karoline Edtstadler (ÖVP) in a statement on the demonstrations by anti-vaccination opponents, who showed this “in a frightening way”.

Rendi-Wagner condemns Nazi trivialisation

The comparison of corona measures with totalitarian politics or even fascism is tantamount to playing down Nazi rule, criticized SPÖ leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner in a broadcast. “It starts with the language and with symbols – everywhere, on the street, in public space, in the private sphere, in parliament. We are all called upon to be mindful.” There should be zero tolerance for anti-Semitism, exclusion and hatred.

Meinl-Reisinger: “Show civil courage”

“Especially in a time of global uncertainty caused by the pandemic, in which anti-Semitic ideas are increasingly being spread, it is essential that we not only remember the Holocaust, but also show civil courage and contradict when anti-Semitic or xenophobic words are spoken,” also said NEOS boss Beate Meinl-Reisinger.

Hofer: “Encourage, take away fear, expose seducers”

On behalf of the FPÖ, the third President of the National Council, Norbert Hofer, stated in a broadcast that it was the obligation of the Republic of Austria to “protect our Jewish fellow citizens from attacks and hostilities”. The crimes of National Socialism must not be repeated. “We have to keep in mind that human beings are capable of incredible deeds under certain conditions. It is a mixture of fear, hatred and delusion that makes such developments possible,” said Hofer. “It is the task of responsible politics to give courage, allay fears and expose seducers.”

Kickl: “Austria lost part of its soul”

“Anti-Semitism has no place in our society and it must not be given any space,” said FPÖ leader Herbert Kickl in a broadcast. “Only if we give the victims of this indescribable tragedy a voice that never falls silent can their place among us be secured in the future. With the murder of the Jewish population, our country not only has science, art and culture, but also a part lost of his soul.” It was the order of the day “to consolidate democracy and to resolutely oppose all forms of burgeoning authoritarian tendencies in Austria – no matter where they come from,” Kickl said.


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