Austria marks 65 years since Mauthausen liberation





Austria’s parliament yesterday commemorated the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi death camp of Mauthausen, with strong calls to fight indifference and remember history.

In a moving speech, Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, Poland’s current state secretary for international affairs and a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, called for people “to deal with the past - especially its tragic aspects - responsibly.”

“Indifference to evil is the biggest sin,” he told the audience, including Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Chancellor Werner Faymann and top members of the government. “Twenty-first century man... needs one thing above all else: a clear conscience. And there is no clear conscience without fundamental truth.”

Bartoszewski, 88, a former resistant and foreign minister who was named “Righteous Among the Nations” by Israel for helping rescue Jews from the Warsaw ghetto and is upheld in Poland as a moral authority, put the onus on younger generations to continue remembering Nazi crimes and honour their victims....


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