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09.11.2008

9 November 2008 - 70 years after 'Kristallnacht' pogrom

UNITED We are Strong!
International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism

COMMEMORATION OF THE NIGHT OF BROKEN CRYSTALS IN 41 COUNTRIES ALL OVER EUROPE

9 November 2008 - 70 years after 'Kristallnacht' pogrom

Antisemitism tries to claim back the streets in Europe.
The numbers of victims of fascist attacks has been growing dramatically in the recent years and NGOs in Europe state their concern about this development all over the continent.

Smashed windows, antisemitic graffiti, radical attacks on synagogues and hate crimes in form of street violence are the most seen faces of fascism and antisemitism on our streets. Also the defilement of Jewish cemeteries and Holocaust memorial places are day-by-day indicators of nowadays antisemitism. A recent example of antisemitic vandalism was given during the general elections in Austria 1 month ago, where 90 graves on a Jewish cemetery where destroyed - the offenders are still not known...

Not only in Austria, but also in many other European states, there is an enormous lack of information and education concerning this sensitive topic. The local governments give not even rudimental reports about antisemitic or fascist motivated delicts. This ignorance forces thousands of potential victims to live in constant fear... a life long!

UNITED We are Strong.
The European wide campaign on 9th November, the International Day against Fascism and Antisemitism, aims to counteract the worrying developments related to antisemitsm, fascism and racism all over the continent.

In this way non-governmental organisations in 41 European countries will get active around 9th November 2008 to commemorate the 'Kristallnacht' pogrom in 1938. The 'Kristallnacht' pogrom is often seen as the symbolic beginning of the Holocaust.
Hundreds of activities, coordinated by the UNITED secretariat, will take place all over Europe during the annual action week. In diverse manners the NGOs draw also attention to contemporary faces of fascism, antisemitsm, racism and discrimination; they prepare for example torchlight processions, lectures, exhibitions, demonstrations, poster and awareness-raising actions etc.

Additional Information.
UNITED for Intercultural Action is a network of 560 supporting organisations
all over Europe working against racism, fascism, nationalism and in support of migrants and refugees. Activities at local level are carried out by organisations in 41 European countries within the framework of the 9 November campaign. The campaign is coordinated by the international UNITED secretariat based in Amsterdam.

A full list of activities is available on
www.unitedagainstracism.org (direct link: http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/pages/campnov.htm). Please contact the UNITED secretariat for further information and support. We will be happy to supply you with useful contacts in and outside your country/city, background information, free campaign material and may link you with local organizations active in the campaign.

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