IB Delegation with President Merkel Visits Memorial Auschwitz-Birkenau

The entrance gate to the Auschwitz death camp: a delegation of the Internationaler Bund (IB) and the Internationaler Bund Polska Foundation laid flowers at the death wall. Photo: Richard Schottdorf / Internationaler Bund e.V.

Frankfurt / Oswiecim, 06 June 2023: A delegation of the Internationaler Bund (IB) and the Internationaler Bund Polska Foundation visited together the memorial site of the former concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in the Polish city of Oswiecim. The participants laid flowers at the so-called Wall of Death. Inmates had been regularly shot there by guards between 1941 and 1945.

"Auschwitz, one of the dark places in history, always confronts us with the question: why did this happen? At the same time, visiting this place strengthens our determination to work to ensure that such a crime will never be possible again. It is important that young people have the opportunity to visit similar memorials in Poland, Germany and throughout Europe. In addition, civic education and international cooperation as well as international youth work are very helpful, because with it we strengthen the liberal democratic basic order," said the IB President Petra Merkel afterwards.

TheInternationaler Bund Polska Foundation supports people affected by exclusion and Ukrainian refugees

The Internationaler Bund Polska Foundation was established in 2004. Its purpose is to provide comprehensive support to marginalized people, especially in terms of age, origin, place of residence, education or social status, as well as their professional and social activation. It also focuses on democracy, civic education and international cooperation.

Since the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops in February 2022, the Internationaler Bund Polska Foundation has helped more than 150,000 people who fled the neighbouring country with food, clothing and counseling. Donations to the IB's Ukraine relief efforts are still possible.

About the International Bund:
With more than 14,000 employees, the Internationaler Bund (IB) is one of the major service providers in youth, social and educational work in Germany. It supports children, young people, adults and senior citizens in leading a self-responsible life - regardless of their origin, religion or ideology. Its guiding principle "Strengthening Being Human" is a source of motivation and orientation for its employees.

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