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#We Remember: Participate in the Holocaust Remembrance

Remembering January 27th

EKHN / RahnThe Hesse-Nassau church leadership supports the #WeRemember campaign - here via video conference in January 2021.

On January 27, the world commemorates the victims of the National Socialist crimes. To this end, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) has started the #WeRemember Internet campaign. The EKHN church leadership is also involved. It's very easy.

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Author: Volker Rahn

Category: News, Anti-Semitism, Politics, Synod

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The idea of ​​commemorating the victims of National Socialism online is as simple as it is striking: In the international campaign, people of all countries and religions are called upon to post a selfie online on January 27 and hold up a poster with the simple words " I remember ”or, if there are several, then“ We remember ”. It should be shared with the corresponding hashtag #WeRemember in all social networks and thus become a digital reminder campaign and “uprising against oblivion” around the globe. January 27 is the international day of remembrance for the victims of National Socialism. It goes back to the day of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on that date 76 years ago.

From EKHN to rappers to Borussia Dortmund

This year, the Hesse-Nassau Church and the church leadership will be there again. During a video conference, a joint photo was taken in which the members show posters for the #WeRemember campaign. This year, for example, the players from Borussia Dortmund are taking part in the initiative, as are Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, TV presenter Anne Will and Frankfurt rapper Moses Pelham.

Bedford-Strohm: Resist with all determination

The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) also supports the international #WeRemember campaign with its Council Chairman Heinrich Bedford-Strohm. "It is good that we in Germany have developed a culture of remembrance that keeps the unbelievable suffering that has been inflicted on Jews in our country present. Because we are not forgetting it, we will resolutely resist those who today have these murderous anti-Semitic ideas try to make it socially acceptable again, ”said Bedford-Strohm.

Jung: Countering resentments today

Most recently, after an encounter with the Jewish communities in Hesse, the Hesse-Nassau church president Volker Jung had already stated: "It is still shocking that anti-Semitic resentments are part of the repertoire of conspiracy theorists, for example." It is "unbearable" that stars of David were worn at anti-corona demonstrations. “We want to do something about the derailments.” Jung also recalls the anti-Semitic statements made by the reformer Martin Luther, from which the Protestant churches now clearly distance themselves.

Currently almost 2000 anti-Semitic crimes in Germany

The World Jewish Congress actually still lists Germany as a cautionary example. In 2019 there were around 2000 crimes with an anti-Semitic background in Germany. Many people would also be less aware of the Holocaust. 23 percent of the German population no longer know what the Holocaust was. 28 percent wanted to "draw a line under the preoccupation with National Socialism", but at the same time 35 percent of Germans are also concerned that the Holocaust might repeat itself, "warn the initiators in their call for action.

Increasing hostility towards Jews in the Covid pandemic

"As the number of eyewitnesses continues to decline and the world faces the Covid-19 pandemic, we are seeing an increase in anti-Semitism, xenophobia, racist ideology and Holocaust denial," said World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder. “We must respect the terrible lessons of the past and carry on the stories of the survivors to preserve the memory of the six million Jews who were killed by the Nazis, so that today's escalation of violence does not lead to a repetition of the atrocities ”, Says Lauder.

background

A total of 6 million Jews were murdered during the National Socialist rule. In Auschwitz alone, between 1.1 and 1.5 million people were killed, the vast majority because they were of Jewish faith. The concentration camp was liberated on January 27, 1945. Fifteen years ago, the United Nations introduced Remembrance Day to commemorate the Holocaust and the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.