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Remembrance of the inconceivable

The silence was oppressive, thoughtful, affected. It was the silence of a community that was once again reminded of the suffering that national socialism had brought into the world.

On the occasion of the 80th birthday. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the reichspogromnacht, students of the frankenwaldgymnasium recalled in the old synagogue the unspeakable torments of judaic people during the second world war.

For this annual commemoration event, the action group had invited young people to read passages from the diary of anne frank. The aim was to keep alive the memory of a young girl who recounted the horrors of the third reich in her personal records.

Hope for a better life

Anne frank, whose wise – and yet often still childlike – thoughts were carried almost all over the world, and who wrote her diary "kitty named, was just 15 years old. What she had not lost until the end was her hope for a better life after the war. It was not to come true, and so she shared her fate with so many other jews who did not survive adolf hitler’s reign of terror. And while the schoolchildren read about persecution, deportation and gassing, six candles burned in the background on the menorah, the seven-branched jewish candelabrum. Six candles because about six million jews were murdered. "The inconceivable happened then", said mayor wolfgang beiergroblein (freie wahler), who seemed visibly affected. He spoke of many cemeteries, houses, synagogues and places of worship that fell victim to the reich pogrom night. "Men, women and children were deported to be gassed."

He then turned the audience’s attention to the present: "even today, people are persecuted just because they are different. The number of right-wing extremist crimes is increasing, a right-wing extremist subculture is forming. On days like today, we remember a gross injustice and take a bit of responsibility. But this reminder should above all be a reminder. We want to take a clear stand against right-wing extremism. We want to make our mark!"

The chairs of the action group, odette eisentrager-sarter and gisela zaich, noted how important this day was and that it should not be allowed to disappear into oblivion.

"Anyone who watches the news once a day knows how substantial our work is."

While dean dorothea richter introduced the topic with a prayer about cowardice, disinterest and fear for one’s own well-being, deacon markus grasser trusted in god as a refuge. To add a musical touch to the ceremony, clarinetists johanna hebentanz and michelle suffa played a concert for the audience. Readers were theresa muller, anna pfadenhauer, klara richter, luisa wagner and jonas baumann. Matthias simon was in charge.

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