Bishops of Europe on Auschwitz-Birkenau liberation anniversary: No to anti-Semitism and political manipulation of the truth

The 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, in the spirit of Pope Francis’ words, obliges us to expressly fight against all acts that trample on human dignity: racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. We cannot allow the truth to be ignored or manipulated for immediate political needs – we read in the Statement issued by the Presidency of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) on behalf of the bishops of Europe.

The bishops of Europe indicate that although 75 years have already passed since the liberation of the German concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, this place still inspires terror. They remember that it was the largest Nazi concentration camp, opened in 1940 in the occupied Polish territories.

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