Commemorative event on January 27, 2019 at 11.00 am on Heldenplatz
On January 27, the Red Army liberates the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp for the 74th time. Representing all places of Nazi extermination, the date of the Auschwitz Liberation was proclaimed by the United Nations as International Day of Remembrance to the Victims of the Holocaust.
Timewitnesses have tirelessly told us in the past decades that incredible misery, indescribable suffering and monstrous crimes have led to radical nationalism and racist delusion in Europe. But today we see in Europe again nationalist and racist movements that are in the process of rebuilding or already equipped with political power.
We must understand the knowledge of history as a unique opportunity to do better and not allow a relapse into dark and criminal times!
We must take responsibility for our future and act in the spirit of remembering the people who were persecuted and murdered by National Socialists and fellow travelers!
Together we set a signal for keeping the memory alive and for a Europe of human rights and peaceful coexistence!
International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019
“Never forget: for a Europe of human rights!”
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Heroes Square, Vienna
Welcome and introduction:
Timewitness Karl Uher
IKG General Secretary Raimund Fastenbauer
CIM President Guy Dockendorf
Romano Centro Irina Spataru
BJV Chairman Caroline Pavitsits
Music: Chor Klub Slovenian students