Erfurt / Weimar (dpa / th) - The director of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation has emphasized that remembering the victims of National Socialism is particularly important in the Corona crisis.

"Much of what is shown in the environment of corona deniers, lateral thinkers and the like are essentially anti-Semitic conspiracy legends," said Jens-Christian Wagner in a video published on Wednesday for the memorial day for the Nazi victims.

“Exactly such conspiracy legends in the 20s and 30s led to the fact that National Socialism was able to radicalize itself so that it came to mass murder,” Wagner explained.

Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) and State Parliament President Birgit Keller also had their say in the video.

They talked about the exhibition “KZ survived”, which commemorates Holocaust survivors online and with portrait boards in front of the state parliament.

"In the exhibition we see the portraits of people from many European countries, most of whom were caught in the deadly machinery of the concentration camps as children or adolescents," said Ramelow.

A wreath-laying ceremony at the “Stone of Remembrance” at the Topf & Sons memorial site in Erfurt was one of the planned memorial events for January 27th in Thuringia.

The company built the cremation ovens for the Auschwitz concentration camp, among other places.

Today there is a memorial with a museum on the former company premises.

The memorial has existed for ten years.


On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated the German extermination camp Auschwitz.

In Germany, January 27th has been the official day of remembrance for Nazi victims since 1996.

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Video Thuringia commemorates the victims of National Socialism