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Memorial & Liberation Commemorations 2017

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"Internationality Unites"

"In memory of the blood shed by all peoples, in memory of the millions of brothers assassinated by
Nazi-Fascism, we solemnly swear to never abandon this path. We want to erect the most beautiful
monument that one could dedicate to the soldiers who have fallen for the cause of freedom of the
international community on a secure basis: A world of free men!
We direct ourselves to the entire world, shouting: help us in this work!
Long live international solidarity!
Long live freedom!"

(extract from the Mauthausen Oath)

To commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, the Mauthausen Committee Austria – in cooperation with both national (Austrian Camp Community Mauthausen) and international (Comité International de Mauthausen) partners – will be organising the international memorial and liberation events. As over 90% of the victims of Mauthausen Concentration Camp were neither German nor Austrian, the commemorative events have a particular international significance and represent the largest memorial and liberations events of their kind. This year they will be taking place on:

Sunday, May 7th 2017, 11am – 1pm
in the Mauthausen Memorial

This theme for the commemoration and liberation events this year will be "Internationality unites".

Starting last year, instead of beginning with a march of national and international delegates, the march of all participants at the end of the ceremonial portion of the commemorations is now the highlight – similar to the initial liberation commemorations by concentration camp survivors. In close cooperation with the Comité International de Mauthausen and the many diplomatic representatives, the previous "one after another" of the different delegations has instead become a firm message of "everyone, together". As well as the international liberation commemorations at Mauthausen, numerous other memorial events will be held at the sites of former sub-camps of Mauthausen.

Program of Memorial and Liberation Commemorations 2017
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Festival of Joy 2016

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Festival of Joy 2016

This year will mark the fourth year that the "Festival of Joy" has been celebrated with the Wiener Symphoniker:

On May 8th at 7.30 PM Vienna's Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square) will be transformed again into a space of memory and joy to celebrate the 71st anniversary of liberation from the Nazi regime.

The Wiener Symphoniker – under the leadership of Christoph von Dohnányi and with the starbaritone Thomas Hampson and the men of the Wiener Singverein – will play "A Survivor from Warsaw" by Arnold Schönberg and Ludwig van Beethoven's Third Symphony "Eroica".

The concert will also features speeches by several prominent speakers, with Katharina Stemberger presenting the programme. Daniel Chanoch, a concentration camp survivor, will speak about his experience of solidarity. For many prisoners in the prisons, concentrations and annihilation camps, solidarity was of particular importance and ensured the survival of some.

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International Memorial and Liberation Celebration 2016

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The Austrian Mauthausen Committee (MKÖ) will organise and coordinate in 2016 the largest memorial and liberation events in Europe for the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, working in close cooperation with survivor organisations at a national (Austrian Camp Community) and international level (Comité International de Mauthausen).

This year's event will take place on

Sunday, 15th May 2016, 10am-12pm
at the site of Mauthausen Concentration Camp

with "international solidarity" as its thematic focus.

Program "International Memorial & Liberation Commemoration"

from 8:30 Rallies at the national memorials

09:00 Ecumenical Service (Chapel) with Bishop Dr. Michael BÜNKER, Father Mag. Christian ÖHLER and Metropolitan Dr. Arsenios KARDAMAKIS
Music: Mauthausen Gospel Team led by Christine ARNDT

from 09:30 Gathering of the former prisoners, the delegations and the diplomatic representatives at the former roll call area (please be aware of the sectors – our staff will gladly help)

10:00 Joint liberation celebration at the former roll call area. In 2016 the liberation celebration will take a stronger "Collaboration" character with all participants.

Opening address: Willi MERNYI, Chair of the Austrian Mauthausen Committee

Presenters: Konstanze BREITEBNER, Mercedes ECHERER

Musical accompaniment from the ensemble "Widerstand" and the "Ensemble 4 der Militärmusik OÖ" with pieces such as the European Hymn and "Moorsoldaten".

Memorial speeches: During the memorial procession, representatives from different national survivor and victim groups from Belgium, Italy, Serbia and the Ukraine will give speeches in their national languages.

from 11:30 All participants will leave the former camp section. Official end of the liberation ceremony.

11:45 Rallies at the national memorial
(Further information in the Programme)

12:30 International Youth Memorial Rally
(at the Young Person's memorial)

13:30 End of the national rallies

The importance of solidarity and the cooperation will also be shown with the completely new reconceptualisation of the commemorative events and the international liberation ceremony this year (please see the details in attachment). This year will see major changes to the events that have been unchanged for over forty years. In close collaboration with the Comité International Mauthausen and the various diplomatic representatives the events will emphasise and strengthen cooperation between the delegations.

Altogether, more than 40,000 people took part in the memorial and liberation commemorations organised by the Mauthausen Committee! With more than 22,000 people, including survivors and numerous politicians from Austria and abroad, commemorations in 2015 at the Mauthausen memorial site, while a further 90 memorial events took place at former sub-camps and places of Nazi terror, sending a strong message of "Never Again". The majority of these events, visited by people from within the regions but also many countries throughout Europe, were organised by local organisations and initiatives in close cooperation with the Austrian Mauthausen Committee.

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Travel with the ÖBB to the Festival of Joy 2015 – Package deals from € 109

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Fest der Freude Gratiskonzert der Wiener Symphoniker

Included

  • Return, 2nd class rail travel to Vienna on all ÖBB routes
  • 1 nights accommodation incl. breakfast at Hotel Delta****
  • A 24 hour Ticket for local transport in Vienna (Vienna Linien)

Dates

8th – 9th May 2015

Package price is per person and according to the programme
Availability is limited and offer is only valid if places are still available.
An upgrade to 1st class is possible, costing an additional € 45 per person.
No reduction is available for ÖBB VORTEILSCARD holders.

Reservation

Reservations can be made online at http://www.railtours.at/sonderangebote/oesterreich/wien/fest-der-freude.html?stichwortsuche=Fest%20der%20Freude
by telephone on 0664 / 617 32 45 or by email gruppenreisen@railtours.oebb.at

Special prices for group bookings

For groups of ten people or more, incl. seat reservations (per person):

  • Linz-Wien-Linz: 2nd class € 47,20, 1st class € 82,40
  • Salzburg-Wien-Salzburg: 2nd class € 71,60, 1st class € 125,40
  • Graz-Wien-Graz: 2nd class € 51,40, 1st class € 90,20
  • Innsbruck-Wien-Innsbruck: 2nd class € 96,60, 1st class € 169
  • Bregenz-Wien-Bregenz: 2nd class € 105,40, 1st class € 184,40
  • Klagenfurt-Wien-Klagenfurt: 2nd class € 72,80, 1st class € 127,40

Reservations can be made by contacting an ÖBB booking agent in your area: http://www.oebb.at/de/Reiseplanung/Geschaeftsreisen/index.jsp

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