Speaker of Parliament Levy warns of dangers to democracy

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Levy reminds that democracy in the Reichstag building was used to overcome it © Lakomski/Eibner / IMAGO

In Berlin, the President of the Israeli Parliament, Mickey Levy, recalled the crimes of the National Socialists and at the same time warned of the current dangers to democracy.

Berlin – The Israeli parliament speaker Mickey Levy reminded of the crimes of the National Socialists in Berlin and at the same time warned of today’s dangers for democracy. At a Bundestag event on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Levy said on Thursday that in the Reichstag building one could get an idea of ​​how people could use democracy to overcome it.

“This is the place where humanity has stretched the boundaries of evil, a place where a loss of values ​​has turned a democratic framework into a racist and discriminatory tyranny,” Levy said. “And now here, within the walls of this house – silent witnesses of steel and stone – we are once again experiencing the fragility of democracy, and we are being reminded once more of the duty to protect it.”

Preserving the memory of the Holocaust is a difficult task that every generation must take on anew, Levy said. He recalled the so-called Wannsee Conference 80 years ago, at which leading Nazi officials and officers discussed the implementation of the genocide of European Jews.

80 years might not be enough time for wounds to heal, said the Speaker of the Knesset. But connect the memory of Israelis and Germans. Both nations managed to overcome the historical trauma. And both agree on the importance of democracy and the commitment to protect it.

When Levy recited the Jewish prayer for the dead at the end of his speech, tears came to his eyes and he could not continue. The deputies applauded for several minutes. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) were also present.

On January 27, 1945, Red Army soldiers liberated the survivors of the German concentration camp at Auschwitz in occupied Poland. The Nazis had murdered more than a million people there. Since 1996, the date has been celebrated in Germany as Holocaust Remembrance Day. (dpa)


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