January 27: Commemorating the Holocaust Posted by Sten on Jan 27, 2022 in News
Today is an important day in history. A großer Tag der Trauer (day of great sadness). On this day, 77 years ago, die Rote Armee (Red Army) liberated the Konzentrationslager (concentration camp) Auschwitz-Birkenau. Nothing could have prepared the Russian soldiers for what they found there. They liberated some 7000 ausgehungerte Überlebende (starved survivors), and found unimaginable amounts of remains of one of the most horrific crimes committed against humanity: 600 corpses, 370,000 men’s suits, 837,000 articles of women’s clothing and 7.7 tons of human hair. On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, we are reminded of the duty to never forget the horrors at this concentration camp and the horrors committed against the more than 6 million people whose lives were lost in the Holocaust, as well as what led to these horrifying events.
Die Vergangenheit darf nie vergessen werden
The German Parliament, the Bundestag, observed the Remembrance today. Holocaust-Überlebende (Holocaust survivor) Inge Auerbacher spoke in the plenary. She spoke out against antisemitism and said “Die Krankheit des Judenhasses muss geheilt werden” (the disease of hate against Jews must be cured). You can watch her full speech here.
One sentiment that is often brought in connection with Nazism and the World Wars, and in particular the Holocaust, is the sentiment that die Vergangenheit darf nie vergessen werden (the past must never be forgotten). It has become an integral mantra in Germany, in some ways part of German culture, as the guilt of what occurred and the responsibility of preventing this from happening again is felt heavily.
The new Bundeskanzler (Federal Chancellor) Olaf Scholz and Bundespräsident (Federal President) Frank-Walter Steinmeier laid down Kränze (wreaths) for the
Under the hashtag #Auschwitz77, information about what happened, testimonials and commemorations are shared from across the world.
I hope you can find peace today on this Remembrance Day. It’s a reminder that these crimes happened, and can always happen again. And also that such crimes can happen in darkness, so we always have to stay vigilant.
The commemoration event for the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the camp organized by the Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau is at 4 pm CET, and you can follow it live here:
If you would like to read more about the day from German news outlets, here are some resources:
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