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09.11.2009

Remembrance of the Night of 9 November Pogrom 1938

Remembrance of the Night of 9 November Pogrom 1938 in 50 countries all over Europe coordinated by UNITED

'It happened so it can happen again'
[Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor]

Levi warned already after the Holocaust that the incomprehensible hate against a certain group of people is unfortunately not a particular case in history.

Natalka, a two year old Roma girl from the Czech Republic, suffered serious burns on 80% of her body when three Molotov cocktails were thrown into the family house on 19 April this year. The Czech police suspects some ultra-right extremist leaders for the arson attack.

In times of violent incidences like this, the work of the UNITED network becomes increasingly important. The network with its 560 supporting organizations from all over Europe is fighting against nationalism, racism and fascism and in support of migrants and refugees.
Since 1992 the UNITED secretary coordinates the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism, which takes place on 9 November.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The 'Kristallnacht' pogrom on 9 November 1938, where hundreds of Jewish synagogues, homes and shops were attacked and burnt and numerous Jews were beaten up or even killed, is often seen as the symbolic beginning of the Shoah. The Nazi propaganda called the event cynically the 'Kristallnight' reducing an horrifying event to the broken glass in the shop windows.

TODAY'S SITUATION

We have to be aware that antisemitism and fascism are unfortunately still alive in the modern Europe and did not die with the end of the Second World War.
Antisemitism is alarmingly wide spread through public discourse in newspapers, on the internet, at public demonstrations and in politic parties.

As a result of racist and neonazi attacks in Russia at least 48 people were murdered and 253 injured this year, monitored by Sova Center. Shockingly this is only the official number, the actual cypher is estimated to be much higher.

A right-wing party led by Geert Wilders could enter the European Parliament as the second biggest party of the Netherlands - although in the common sense the Netherlands are still considered a tolerant nation.
These are only two examples of plenty of shocking events going on in Europe.

HATRED KILLS - PROTECT YOUR ENVIRONMENT FROM RIGHT-WING EXTREMISM

Looking at these worrying developments, it is time to get active. We have to be responsible for the world we live in, not supporting right-wing actions by overhearing them, but fighting against them.

The European-wide campaign on 9 November, the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism, aims to counteract the uprising right-wing powers in all over the continent.
71 years after the 9 November pogrom hundreds of activities against fascism and antisemitism are happening in 50 countries all over Europe coordinated by the UNITED secretary.

They will commemorate the pogrom but also draw attention to contemporary forms of fascism and antisemitism and rise awareness in modern society. The main aim is to raise a common voice against any form of hatred ideology.

BE INVOLVED IN THE CAMPAIGN - RAISE YOUR PEN - SPREAD THE MESSAGE

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