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Buchenwald memorial: Right-wing extremists are becoming more visible, according to leader Volkhard Knigge


The director of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation, Volkhard Knigge, observes an increasingly open appearance of right-wing extremists in the former concentration camp. "There are increasing numbers of entries in the visitor books that assess National Socialism and the concentration camps as meaningful and good for the Germans," said the historian of the "Neue Westfälische".

In addition, there are always "targeted, prepared disruptions to guided tours" by right-wing extremists in the memorial. In response, the visitor regulations in Buchenwald were tightened. Knigge also said that employees were trained in dealing with jammers, and rights smuggled among groups of visitors and waited for a good time to question the number of victims or to deny the Holocaust, Knigge said. It is often filmed – this is how the perpetrators profiled themselves. Statements such as "if the camps were still in operation if we had no problem with foreigners" were "a serious indication that something was being lost in historical awareness, in human sensitivity and in a political-democratic orientation," Knigge told the newspaper. He has headed the memorial since 1994.

Anti-Semitism Commissioner: Need greater solidarity with Jews The Federal Government's Anti-Semitism Commissioner, Felix Klein, said he expected everyone to be vigilant in the fight against anti-Semitism in Germany. "That if everyone perceives anti-Semitism in their personal environment, that they intervene so that it becomes uncomfortable for people who express themselves anti-Semitic." It was important that "we also show a new and significantly greater solidarity with Jews in Germany," Klein told the dpa news agency. When asked whether anti-Semitism was increasing, Klein said that, on the one hand, readiness to report had increased. He also encourages the victims to do so. "Because otherwise nothing changes. Only then will the perpetrators get pressure." On the other hand, it should be noted: "The inhibition threshold has decreased, especially due to the Internet." There are people who would see a legal space where they could get rid of their hatred. "Against this, we have to act socially and state."

Monday, January 27th marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the German extermination camp Auschwitz in Poland occupied by Hitler's Germany. Heads of state and government from almost 50 countries in Israel commemorate the liberation today. According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is the largest state event since Israel was founded in 1948. At the Holocaust Forum, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be the first German head of state to speak in Yad Vashem.
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