Press release on the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism
"On this day, we commemorate all those who fell victim to the Nazi regime: Jews, political dissidents, Sinti and Roma, homosexuals, disabled persons, and other minorities. 27 January underlines our duty to draw necessary lessons from the darkest chapter in German history, to keep alive the memory of the events, and to resolutely combat historical revisionism and Holocaust denial. It is unacceptable that, 65 years after the fall of the Nazi reign of terror, far-right extremists spread their Nazi ideology and attempt to abuse our liberal rule-of-law state with their perfidious strategies and to undermine our democracy," said the Central Council's President, Dr. h.c. Charlotte Knobloch.
"We should never forget the consequences of the irresponsible silence of a large, too large, portion of the population. It was the lack of empathy, the indifference to the fate of other people, and the unwillingness to stand up for the values of a democratic and tolerant society that paved the way for the criminal Hitler regime. Therefore 27 January is not only a day of remembrance on which we, together with the survivors, remember the horrors of the past, but also a day that urges us to work together for a free, democratic, and tolerant future in Europe and in the world," the Central Council's President said.
Berlin, 27 January 2010 / 12 Shevat 5770