"You are not responsible for what happened.
But that it won't happen again
for that you are. "
Max Mannheimer February 6, 1920 - September 23. 2016
Declaration of Madrid
DECLARATION OF MADRID
Meeting in Madrid on 2 November 2019 - on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camps - we, Chairpersons and Secretaries-General of the International Committees of Nazi extermination and concentration camps, salute the work accomplished by the Spanish authorities and the Amical de Mauthausen y Otros Campos for the recognition of the deportation of the Spanish Republicans to the Nazi camps.
Thursday the 19th of September 2019, after a full life, Clement Quentin died in the hospital of Cholet. He passed away only a day after the celebration of his 99th birthday, surrounded by his family.
Commemoration of the death march 4 Mai 2019
„"Envy and fear of failure," as Götz Aly put it, "Grudges and greed drove the anti-Semitism of the Germans....... (OB Hartmann)
"No historical cold facts can describe what the single human had to go through, the fear, the survival, the thoughts he had, the dreams and desires, the human side." (Dana Bloch)
Stanislav Zámečník Research Award of the Comité International de Dachau
In 2019, the Comité International de Dachau (CID) will again award the Stanislav Zámečník Research Award. The CID’s mission is to preserve the memory of the crimes in the Dachau concentration camp; it is an international association consisting of the organizations of former inmates of the Dachau concentration camp from 25 countries and their families. The Comité International de Dachau donates the study prize in memory of the victims of the National Socialist concentration and extermination camps, in particular in the Dachau concentration camp. The award has been given every two years since 2017; 6,000 euros are available for this.
Special exhibition at The Dachau Memorial
On April 27th, the Dachau Memorial opened the special exhibition "Names not Numbers" - Dutch Political Prisoners in Dachau Concentration Camp. Sydney Weith, 21 year old, talked about former inmate Ernst Sillem, whom she met when she was 16. One could almost feel the close connection with the guest of honor sitting in front of her.
Speeches at the award ceremony
"Late April 1945, a train with nearly 3,000 deportees from the Mühldorf complex, an annex camp of the Dachau concentration camp, stopped in the station of the small town of Poing, only about 20 km from here,
The evacuation of these camps had begun shortly before. As, from Poing on, the railway line was no longer usable, the train remained blocked in Poing station
At first the atmosphere - at least for the local population – was of a deceptive calm.
A passer-by later recalled: "It was a beautiful sunny day and the SS were sitting on the embankment watching the prisoners. At about the same time, here in Munich, began the crucial phase of the "Freiheitsaktion Bayern" ("Bavaria Liberty Action"). The exact link between the insurgency attempt and the events taking place in Poing, is difficult to reconstruct
Any way, in the afternoon of April 27 or 28, the rumor that the war was over, circulated among the SS troops who were watching the train. Because of that, many SS guards left their posts, the doors were opened and the surprised prisoners thought they were free
They began to look for food and for that they also went to the village. The inhabitants later remembered that the SS guards informed them about the presumed end of the war and the release of concentration camp prisoners.
But when after about an hour,in Poing, it was clear that the news of the end of the war were false, the situation degenerated: suddenly, prisoners were no longer considered as being released, but as fugitives."
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