Holocaust survivors condemn the ruling from Karlsruhe in favor of anti-Semitism

Posted on July 16, 2004Comments Off on Holocaust survivors condemn the ruling from Karlsruhe in favor of anti-Semitism

For the first time since 1945, in a major German city, in Bochum, it became possible for Nazis to march against the existence of a synagogue with an anti-Jewish pogrom-hating group and to shout racist anti-Jewish slogans. Survivors of the German resistance and the Nazi persecution point out in an appeal on July 20: “We victims of fascism, survivors of the Holocaust and participants in the anti-fascist resistance from the beginning and their relatives see us in the face of this unique, high-ranking Karlsruhe Judges approved outrageous provocation once again responsible. ”With its decision by the 1st Senate on June 24th, the Federal Constitutional Court falsified anti-Semitism and fascism into“ unpopular ”but permissible“ expressions of opinion ”.

“Everyone is called to resist,” says the declaration, which was signed by leading representatives of the Federation of International Resistance (FIR), the Association of Victims of the Nazi Regime / BdA, as well as camp communities and the German Auschwitz Committee. The survivors of persecution such as Esther Bejarano (Auschwitz), Dr. Hans Coppi (survived in prison as a child), Peter Gingold (Resistance), Kurt Goldstein (Auschwitz and Buchenwald) and Ernst Grube (Theresienstadt) call for people to “obey orders and judgments that actually promote anti-Semitism and fascism, “As” not compatible with the Basic Law “.

Therefore, on July 20, at 5 p.m. in front of the Bochum police headquarters (near the mining museum), a reminder of the resistance against fascism, which this time was necessary in good time. The signatories also want to protest at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe.

Your appeal is as follows:

Never again Auschwitz
Against the anti-Semitic provocation in Bochum / Against the judge’s verdict from Karlsruhe in favor of Nazism and anti-Semitism / For the right to resist and the constitution.

For the first time since 1945, in a major German city, it became possible for Nazis to march against the existence of a synagogue with an anti-Jewish pogrom-hating group, shouting racist anti-Jewish slogans. The reference by anti-fascists to the murderous continuity of the marchers on June 26, 2004 in Bochum was answered with “Thanks for the compliment”.

We victims of fascism, survivors of the Holocaust and participants in the anti-fascist resistance from the beginning and their relatives see our responsibility once again in view of this hitherto unique, outrageous provocation approved by the highest Karlsruhe judges.

Precisely because we stand up for the observance and preservation of the Basic Law, we cannot accept that German lawyers, standing in a terrible tradition, are again falsifying this anti-Semitic march to express freedom of expression.

A few days before July 20th, which is celebrated by many as the anniversary of the German resistance, we appeal:

Anti-Semitism and fascism are not expressions of opinion – they are crimes.

Everyone is called to resist.

Obeying orders and judgments, which in fact represent the promotion of anti-Semitism and fascism, is incompatible with the Basic Law, with human dignity (Article 1) and the right to resistance (Article 20).
We call for demonstrations in many places on July 20 for anti-fascist resistance, against anti-Semitism, in particular with actions in front of the Bochum police headquarters and with protests at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe.

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