Austrian Parliament holds special session commemorating Mauthausen liberation

The Austrian National Council held a special session together with the Austrian Federal Council to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp.

In 1997, the Austria’s upper and lower houses of parliament declared May 5th the Day of Remembrance against violence and racism in memory of the victims of National Socialism.

As was the case in the previous year’s commemoration and in spite of the corona pandemic and the associated restrictions, both the National Council and the Federal Council stressed the importance of holding this commemoration every year.

In his remarks,  the President of the Austrian National Council Wolfgang Sobotka called on all citizens to counter antisemitism in everyday life: “We have a strong legal framework, a clear political stance and an international alliance against antisemitism,” Sobotka said.

“What we need is a broader commitment from society as a whole against both antisemitism and antigypsyism also in those instances that do not constitute a criminal offence,” he added.

Two projects were brought to the forefront at this year’s ceremony, Lest we Forget by the artist Luigi Toscano and the Jewish community of Vienna’s (IKG) lauded youth dialogue project Likrat.

You can watch a video of the commemoration here (German)

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