The memory of history is the assurance that the horrors of the Holocaust are never repeated, Austria’s chancellor stated.
Austria’s chancellor Christian Kern is reminding citizens of their country’s role in the Holocaust and urging them to ensure its horrors are never repeated, ahead of an international day of observance for Jewish and other Nazi victims.
In a statement, Kern says that Austria’s history “breeds the eternal duty … to be alert against all racist and anti-Semitic tendencies.”
Kern spoke Thursday, a day ahead of the liberation 72 years ago of Nazi Germany’s Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland — an event now internationally commemorated annually as Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Austrians overwhelmingly welcomed the country’s annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938. Proportionately, more Austrians than Germans were members of Hitler’s National Socialist (Nazi) party, and many of his henchmen were Austrian.