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ASF statement on the terrorist attacks on Israel, anti-Semitic agitation against Jewish life in Germany and concrete solidarity.
ASF Executive Director Jutta Weduwen in an interview on the consequences of the wave of terror against Israel for our partners and volunteers who have to interrupt their volunteer service in the country for the time being as well as on a clear stance on anti-Semitic reactions in Germany and elsewhere.
“When I was in Birkenau, I thought about my grandma, I imagined her there. I was sad and angry. If we deny ourselves today, we are proving the Nazis right. Then we are betraying our grandparents who survived Auschwitz.” This is how one Sintezza describes her feelings and thoughts during a memorial trip to the Auschwitz memorial in Poland.
Lothar Kreyssig was born 125 years ago today. Initially a staunch national conservative, he developed into a staunch opponent of National Socialism, Righteous Among the Nations and co-founder of Aktion Sühnezeichen and other initiatives such as Brot für die Welt and MISEREOR. For Joachim Garstecki, he was a “visionary realist”.
“Our work, our environment and society as a whole have changed since February 24, 2022 and continue to change” – we heard this from all the interlocutors we met in Odesa from April 6 to 9. With our visit we wanted to express our solidarity and support and get an idea of the situation on site by listening to the people.
This summer, too, international groups across Europe volunteered – #mitASF : They maintained Jewish cemeteries in Poland, Hungary or Lithuania or they uncovered the foundations of a destroyed synagogue in Višķi, Latvia.