Mauthausen Appeal of the International Committees of the Nazi Extermination and Concentration Camps ahead of the European Parliament elections 23-26 May 2019
On May 5th, 2019, on the occasion of the international ceremonies commemorating the liberation of the Mauthausen Nazi Camp in Austria, the Representatives of the International Committees of the Nazi Extermination and Concentration Camps climbed the 186 stairs of the stairway of death, emblem of the Mauthausen Camp, in order to reaffirm their attachment to the protection of Memorial sites and the public's free access to them.
Today, they would like to launch the following appeal:
“As guardians of the memory of the prisoners of the nazi extermination and concentration camps and the values they defended – often to their deaths –,
We, the representatives of the International Committees of the Nazi Extermination and Concentration Camps,
Profoundly worried by the nationalist, populist, and xenophobic policies enacted by a number of governments of the states of our continent,
Considering that these policies are in fundamental contradiction with the spirit of the different oaths made by the detainees upon their liberation, in particular by those of Mauthausen and Buchenwald,
Evaluating the grave threat that these policies represent for our collective destiny because of their appeals to violence, to hate, and to antidemocratic practices,