Berlin commemorates the victims of National Socialism

Berlin commemorates the victims of National Socialism

On Holocaust Memorial Day, Berlin commemorated the victims of National Socialism.

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    The flags of Europe, Israel and Germany fly at half-mast in front of the Reichstag building.
  • Commemoration of victims of National Socialism© dpa
    Participants of a memorial event in the framework of the Holocaust Memorial Day, in memory of the victims of National Socialism, stand at the monument to homosexuals persecuted under National Socialism.
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    Vice President of the Bundestag Petra Pau takes part in a memorial ceremony on the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day, in memory of the victims of National Socialism, at the monument to homosexuals persecuted under National Socialism.
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    (Left to right) German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Speaker of the Knesset Mickey Levy, President of the Bundestag Bärbel Bas, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Prime Minister of Thuringia and President of the Bundesrat Bodo Ramelow stand in front of the Reichstag building after the memorial hour for the "Day of Remembrance of the Victims of National Socialism" in front of letters spelling "#weremember".
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    Wreaths of flowers lie at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe on the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Countering nationalism, anti-Semitism and racism together

In Mitte, Bundestag member and parliamentary vice president Petra Pau laid a wreath at the Memorial for Persecuted Homosexuals on Thursday (January 27, 2022). In Marzahn-Hellersdorf, district mayor Gordon Lemm commemorated the former labor camp Marzahn. "Even 77 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, we are still confronted with the dangers of nationalism, anti-Semitism and racial hatred, which we must confront together," Lemm warned. On January 27, 1945, soldiers of the Red Army had liberated the survivors of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. The Nazis had murdered more than a million people there. Since 1996, the date has been observed in Germany as Holocaust Memorial Day.

Protestant church expresses self-criticism

The district mayor of Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Jörn Oltmann, said that education was crucial so that Auschwitz would never be repeated. "Never again," emphasized the chairwoman of the DGB Berlin-Brandenburg, Katja Karger. The Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg and Silesian Upper Lusatia expressed self-criticism. "Coming to terms with the anti-Jewish tradition and the involvement of our church in National Socialism remains our mission," said Bishop Christian Stäblein.
Author: dpa/deepl.com
Publication date: 28. January 2022
Last updated: 28. January 2022

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