YCL Statement on 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – 27/01/2015

From the YCL’s Anti-Fascism Anti-Racism Committee

Today is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by soldiers of the Soviet Red Army.

As a result, today is commemorated as International Holocaust Memorial day, a day we remember those who died in the Nazi death camps in their deliberate ploy to wipe out all Jews and non-German “sub-humans”.

It’s worth noting that while we should always remember the most horrendous crimes committed in human history, we should guard against sleep-walking into another holocaust and oppose all racist and fascist elements wherever they rise. Particularly in this time of austerity and financial crisis in which capitalism has once more plunged us into, where migrants and the vulnerable are used as scapegoats for capital’s inability to provide for everyone.

The recent rise of fascism in Ukraine, with disciples of Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera taking positions in the government with the help of the EU-USA-NATO, is testament to this point. The reelection of neo-Nazis in Greece and Hungary, and the rise of the far-right here in Britain and in France shows why communists, and those who position themselves on the left, should deepen their resolve and unite against the resurgence of fascism in the 21st century

In doing so, we should take heed of famous German, communist, Bertolt Brecht’s famous words: “For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch who bore him is in heat again”

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