Abendgymnasium Wien is a school built on tolerance and respect, where we believe in the importance of standing up against antisemitism. As some of us commemorate the Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jom haSchoa, which marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in April 1943, we reflect not only on the victims of the Shoa but also on the heroes who stood up against the Nazi plan to exterminate all Jews.
Today, we see a thriving Jewish life in Israel and around the world, evidence that the Nazis failed in their goal. However, the rising tide of aggressive antisemitism, coming from all sides of society, poses a threat to Jewish life worldwide, also in Austria.
We have a responsibility to speak out and stand up against antisemitism in all its forms, whether it be from the left, right, religiously motivated, or from the center of society. We must not remain silent, whether it is expressed by students, teachers or anyone else.
Therefore, we call upon everyone to join us in a March of Life in Vienna tomorrow, to raise our voices in public for Remembrance, Reconciliation and against antisemitism.
- Remembering: Through the study of history, we aim to give Holocaust survivors a voice, and ensure that their experiences are never forgotten.
- Reconciliation: We believe in healing and restoration between the descendants of the perpetrators and the victims of the Shoa.
- Taking a stand: We are committed to standing up for Israel and against modern antisemitism, sending a clear message that it has no place in our school, community, or society.
We invite you to join us in our commitment to tolerance and respect, as we stand up against antisemitism and honour the memory of those affected directly or indirectly by the Shoa.
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