Commemorating Liberation

On 8 May 1945, 75 years ago, World War II came to an end. This liberation from the political system of fascism—but not from the ideology, the ethno-nationalist spirit, or anti-Semitism—remains deeply rooted in parts of our society to this today.

Anniversaries run the risk of getting lost in the daily stream of coronavirus news. Liberation celebrations are held virtually, flowers are laid down, survivors stay at home. The year 2020 appears to be defined by the pandemic, but perhaps now we have a bit of time to think back on the crimes of the Nazis and their war of occupation and annihiliation that stretched across all of Europe.

Let us celebrate the days of liberation internationally and with solidarity.

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