The Second World War began in September 1939 with Germany’s invasion of Poland. It was here that the demonic violence of the racial-ideological war of annihilation in Central and Eastern Europe became apparent for the first time, bringing immeasurable suffering to the country’s people.
More than seven decades after the end of World War II, antisemitism and Holocaust denial are rising again. The US and Germany are therefore establishing a Holocaust dialogue, with the intention of working together to preserve the memory of the immeasurable suffering and horror of the Holocaust.
Germany took over the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) for the first time at the beginning of March 2020. Today, as the chairmanship passes to Greece, we look back on the last year.
2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the liberation of the concentration camps. This anniversary year, Germany will for the first time hold the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the German Government is working to ensure the permanent conservation of the memorial and museum at that site. To this end, the Bundestag has earmarked 30 million euros in the Federal Foreign Office budget.
During her visit to Poland for the events to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, Minister of State Müntefering is promoting projects with young people designed to encourage examination of the past.