'Neo-Nazis are active again': Holocaust survivor

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Holocaust survivor addresses German parliament on memorial day 27 January 2006

Holocaust survivor addresses German parliament on memorial day
27 January 2006

BERLIN - A Holocaust survivor who described himself as one of the last pre-war Jews still living in Germany addressed the German parliament on Holocaust Memorial Day Friday, reciting the promise to defend in future the freedom of every human being.

There was a hush in the Bundestag in Berlin as journalist Ernst Cramer, 92, said: "Neo-Nazis are active again. But I can say there are no grounds for concern if you, if all of us, remain vigilant."

Holocaust Memorial Day recalls the liberation on January 27, 1945 by Red Army troops of the Auschwitz death camp in present-day Poland, the centre of the Nazis' extermination machinery that killed an estimated 6 million Jews.

"We remember (the dead) in humility and grief and with the solemn promise to respect and preserve in future the freedom of every human being," said Cramer, who was to turn 93 on Saturday.

"We remember all who were persecuted, oppressed, banished, deported and ultimately murdered by the Nazis." He spoke after an address by Norbert Lammert, speaker of the house.

Cramer was imprisoned in Buchenwald concentration camp in 1938 but was able to leave Germany the following year and move to the United States before World War II began. He has devoted himself since his return to the cause of reconciliation between Jews and Germans.

DPA

Subject: German news

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