80 Years of the German annexation of Austrian – Never forget!

11. März 2018

These days we have to remember the political and military occupation of Austria by the German Wehrmacht on March 12, 1938. After resign of Bundeskanzler Schuschnigg, he was a right wing politician, forced by Austrian Nazi-groups one could see swastika-banners in several Austrian cities and the German Wehrmacht crossed the border.

The “Anschluss” marked the final of the “First Republic” and a sovereign Austrian state.

It is fact that a majority of the Austrian people welcomed – from different reasons – this development. And it is also well known that a lot of Austrian fascists in the ranks of the German Wehrmacht, the SS, SA and Gestapo were responsible for horrible crimes – war crimes and crimes against humanity until genocide.

But we as FIR remember also those people they tried to resist against this occupation regime. The first declaration came from the Central committee of the KPÖ (Austrian communist party) from Prague exile, because of the political persecution by the Schuschnigg-government. They declared:

“People of Austria! Defend yourself, resist the foreign invaders and their agents. Come together, Catholics and Socialists, Workers and Peasants! Join, now and for all, to the front of all Austrians. All differences of world view, all party differences step back before the holy task, which is put today to the Austrian people! Stand together against Hitler, stand together to chase Hitler’s Soldateska out of Austria again!

People of Austria! Defend yourself! Make the slogan to action: red-white-red until the death! With its own strength and through the help of the World Front of Peace, a free, independent Austria will be resurrected.”

To remember this date it is necessary to face the tasks of today against the right wing political development in Austria too. The antifascist organization “KZ-Verband” declared on the occasion of this anniversary:

Facing the background of recent exposures about right-wing extremist fraternities in Austria, the fight for democracy, peace and freedom in Austria and the world appears as the collective responsibility of all those for whom “Never forget!” is more than a cheap slogan in election campaigns.”

FIR supports all these political attempts to stop the uprising of extreme right political forces not only in Austria.

(Deutsch) FIR protestiert gegen neofaschistischen Lukow-Marsch in Sofia

17. Februar 2018

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FIR protests against neofascist Lukov-March in Sofia

17. Februar 2018

This weekend again several hundred neo-Fascists from Bulgaria and other European countries held a public event in Sofia. They showed again Nazi uniforms and fascist symbols. In slogans, they offended refugees, foreigners and Turkish minorities in the country.

The protest against this march was wide. More than 175.000 person supported an online-petition to ban the provocation. Our Bulgarian member federation BAU and other initiatives of the civil society demonstrated against this historical revisionism. It is scandalous that the ban of the march by the Major of Sofia was refused by the Bulgarian High court.

With the following letter to the Bulgarian government and the Major of Sofia FIR supported this protest:

The International Federation of Resistance Fighters (FIR) – Association of Antifascists is deeply concerned about the news from Bulgaria. Our member federation, the Bulgarian Antifascist Union, informed us about the proposed annual neo-Nazi-marching mid of February in Sofia honoring General Hristo Lukov, who was sentenced to death because of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the “Name of People” after WWII.

We do not need to explain you the history of General Lukov. He was a minister of War and a leader of ultranationalist organization Union of national Bulgarian legions. He was “extremely brutal protector of Hitler in Bulgaria”. He had strongly influenced the government to send Bulgarian Jewish in the death camps in Germany. He also was fierce supporter of the idea for sending ten Bulgarian divisions on the East front against the Red Army. All this is well known in Bulgaria and Europe.

What will happen to honor General Lukov?

Torchlight processions, with Nazi uniforms and symbols, neo-Nazi ideas, with hate demonstrations, ethnic, religious and racial confrontations demonstrate neo-fascist worship in front of the memory of this “idol” in the spirit of stylistics; hundreds of young people with skin heads and tattooed fylfots accompanied with music, marches, flags and fireworks are demonstrating on the streets of Sofia. The organizers belong to the Bulgarian fascist and Nazi group’s ultras, to the Bulgarian branch of “Blood and Honor”, representatives of nationalist parties. They are joined by participants from Nazi organizations from Germany, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Falangist’s from Spain, extreme right representatives from France, by the union “United and ethnically clean Europe”, from the Russian imperial movement and by the Swedish Nazi movement “Nordic Front”. Anti-immigrant rhetoric, the fear of migratory waves, occupying Europe, is turning the policy of “the main stream of conviction” in racism, nationalism and xenophobia.

It is a good signal that social movements and political groups in Bulgaria stand against “LUKOV MARCH”. There was also a protest note from the American ambassador and Russia last year.

We call the major of Sofia and the representatives of the Bulgarian government to ban the fascist marching in Bulgarians Capital. It would be a very bad political signal, if the Bulgarian government – actually the head of the European presidency – would allow European Nazi and fascist to present the swastika and other fascist symbols to honor General Hristo Lukov in their own center.

75 years “White Rose” – FIR remembers the German antifascist resistance

11. Februar 2018

In all from German fascism and its allies occupied countries, resistance fight is well known. Also in fascist Germany one can find resistance groups they sacrificed their life for freedom and peace. One of the most popular groups is the clandestine student group “White Rose” at the Munich University.

The members of the group came together because of a common tradition in the “Bündische Jugend” on initiative of a circle of friends around Sophie and Hans Scholl and Alexander Schmorell from June 1942 in Munich. Most of them had a Christian and humanistic conviction.

The group wrote, printed and distributed on various clandestine distribution routes six leaflets – in varying, rising trend of last up to 9000 copies. The members distributed the leaflets first in the Munich region itself, later on couriers in some other cities of the German Empire. In these publications, they addressed the regime’s crimes and called for resistance to National Socialism.

In the final phase of its existence, the “White Rose” tried supported by Falk Harnack to expand its contacts with other resistance groups to the imperial capital of Berlin and system opposition to the Wehrmacht circles. After the end of the Battle of Stalingrad their members of “White Rose” also painted public facades in Munich with slogans against Hitler and Nazi rule in nightly actions.

At the end of February 1943, the group was smashed by uncovering, arrest of most of its members and finally the execution of their formative members after death sentences of the People’s Court under the chairmanship of Roland Freisler. The first trial started on February 21, 1943 against Sophie and Hans Scholl and Christoph Probst. All were executed next day. The last message of the executed was “Long life the freedom!” Later further trials followed until end of 1943.

The leaflets of the “White Rose” were so popular that the British Royal Airforce dropped also copies as propaganda-material when they attacked German towns with bombs.

The FIR commemorates this resistance group as a part of a wider German resistance movement – mainly based on the organizations of the workers movement, Communists, Socialists and Trade Unionists, but also including Christians and humanistic citizens, some conservatives too. They all have been part of the Anti-Hitler-Coalition. They represented the so-called “other Germany”.

 

(Deutsch) 75 Jahre “Weiße Rose” – FIR erinnert sich an den deutschen antifaschistischen Widerstand

11. Februar 2018

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75th Anniversary of the victory of Stalingrad

1. Februar 2018

On February 2, 2018 the International Federation of the Resistance fighters (FIR) – Association of Anti-fascists celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Red Army’s victory of Stalingrad. The way to Stalingrad was signed by murdering, homicide, exploitation, suppression and destruction – done by German fascism and its allied. Coventry, Rotterdam, Warsaw and Belgrade are the symbols of the air terror, which carried the armed forces over the cities of Europe. Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Majdanek, Sobibor have themselves entrenched in the mind of mankind as ‘monuments’ of the Holocaust – a holocaust produced by Nazi ‘Superior Race’ theories against all peoples, regardless of colour and race.

The victory of Stalingrad stands against it for hope for liberation and the resistance against murderous German fascism.

This hope was paid with countless human lives. The Soviet side registered approximately one million victims among the civilian population and the fighters of the Red Army in this battle. We remind the dead ones and commemorate all of those, which used themselves with their life and their health for the liberation of its country from the fascist occupation and smashing the fascist beast.

This battle of Stalingrad was not only of military importance. It represented a historical turning point in the fight of the anti-Hitler coalition with the expansionistic requirement of German fascism:

  • From a military-strategic point, this defeat of the German troops was a turning point, because hereby for the first time the advance was stopped and the “unconquerable” Wehrmacht had to accept a destroying defeat.
  • For the development of the anti-Hitler coalition in this battle has been proven that the common efforts of all allied could defeat the murderous beast of fascism and its military apparatus. Red Army’s victory in Stalingrad and afterwards had strong signal effect for Great Britain and the USA to speed up the preparations for the opening of a second front. Stalingrad knows to be regarded therefore with joins and right as beginning of the end of the robbery and murder campaign of the Wehrmacht through half Europe.
  • For the resistance movement in all occupied countries and in Germany the battle of Stalingrad was the symbol for the coming defeat of fascism. The women and men in the resistance drew from it strength, motivation and optimism for the continuation of their anti-fascist fight in the political clearing-up work and in the armed Resistance.

In this sense, FIR reminds the anniversary of victory of Stalingrad. We connect our thanks to the fighters with the promise to pass this memory on of the today’s generations. We cannot understand and accept that the today’s German government refuses to participate at the celebration in Volgograd this year.

75th Anniversary of the victory of Stalingrad

1. Februar 2018

On February 2, 2018 the International Federation of the Resistance fighters (FIR) – Association of Anti-fascists celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Red Army’s victory of Stalingrad. The way to Stalingrad was signed by murdering, homicide, exploitation, suppression and destruction – done by German fascism and its allied. Coventry, Rotterdam, Warsaw and Belgrade are the symbols of the air terror, which carried the armed forces over the cities of Europe. Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Majdanek, Sobibor have themselves entrenched in the mind of mankind as ‘monuments’ of the Holocaust – a holocaust produced by Nazi ‘Superior Race’ theories against all peoples, regardless of colour and race.

The victory of Stalingrad stands against it for hope for liberation and the resistance against murderous German fascism.

This hope was paid with countless human lives. The Soviet side registered approximately one million victims among the civilian population and the fighters of the Red Army in this battle. We remind the dead ones and commemorate all of those, which used themselves with their life and their health for the liberation of its country from the fascist occupation and smashing the fascist beast.

This battle of Stalingrad was not only of military importance. It represented a historical turning point in the fight of the anti-Hitler coalition with the expansionistic requirement of German fascism:

  • From a military-strategic point, this defeat of the German troops was a turning point, because hereby for the first time the advance was stopped and the “unconquerable” Wehrmacht had to accept a destroying defeat.
  • For the development of the anti-Hitler coalition in this battle has been proven that the common efforts of all allied could defeat the murderous beast of fascism and its military apparatus. Red Army’s victory in Stalingrad and afterwards had strong signal effect for Great Britain and the USA to speed up the preparations for the opening of a second front. Stalingrad knows to be regarded therefore with joins and right as beginning of the end of the robbery and murder campaign of the Wehrmacht through half Europe.
  • For the resistance movement in all occupied countries and in Germany the battle of Stalingrad was the symbol for the coming defeat of fascism. The women and men in the resistance drew from it strength, motivation and optimism for the continuation of their anti-fascist fight in the political clearing-up work and in the armed Resistance.

In this sense, FIR reminds the anniversary of victory of Stalingrad. We connect our thanks to the fighters with the promise to pass this memory on of the today’s generations. We cannot understand and accept that the today’s German government refuses to participate at the celebration in Volgograd this year.

Fascism is not an opinion, but a crime!

27. Januar 2018

The International Federation of Resistance Fighters (FIR) – Antifascist Association and its member federations commemorate every year the January 27, 1945, the Liberation-Day of extermination camp Auschwitz by soldiers of the Red Army. To remember the end, it is also needed to face the beginning and the roots of these crimes. That is why we call to remember January 30, 1933 too.

 

January 30, 1933 is not a “day of remembrance”, it is an obligation for all antifascist-oriented people to prevent any repetition.

It is necessary to prevent the organizations of the labor movement from being prosecuted again. Unionists, Communists and Social Democrats were the first deported to concentration camps whose organizations were persecuted, banned and crushed.

It is important to prevent the democratic rights and freedoms. With “parliamentary authorization“, the rights of the elected parliament were abolished. In the next step, politically dissenters and Jewish scientists were ousted from public life by a ban on the profession and the burning of books.

It is important to prevent war policy once again dominating social life. From the very beginning, co-ordination and the increasing militarization of society up to the practical preparations for war shaped the policy of German fascism.

It is important to prevent racism and anti-Semitism from becoming the maxims of state action. Racist exclusion through pogroms and Nuremberg racial laws created the precondition for the persecution of people of Jewish faith and those who were labeled as Jewish according to racist racial criteria.

FIR recalls that the rise of the fascist forces did not take place in the politically “empty” space. Influential forces from the military, industry, banks and the reactionary elite have significantly promoted and politically supported the rise of the NSDAP.

Therefore, it is necessary to set political counter-signals against all approaches of extreme right-wing politics and fascist ideology.

In addition to remembering the criminal policy, this includes naming the social forces that contributed to the establishment of fascist rule.

This includes facing all approaches of extreme right-wing politics and ideology.

This includes defending democracy and liberties and opposing social cuts.

This includes advocating for actual peace policy and opposing any war policy and war efforts.

Never again fascism – never again war!

FIR celebrates its President Vilmos Hanti on his 60th birthday

16. Januar 2018

The International Federation of Resistance FIR – Federation of Anti-Fascists arranges its regular leadership meeting in Budapest from 19 to 21 January 2018. On the agenda are the annual planning for 2018, initiatives against historical revisionism and the International Day Against Racism of the United Nations. The current situation in the Middle East will also occupy the members of the leadership.

A special highlight of the conference in Budapest will be the celebration of the 60th birthday of FIR President Vilmos Hanti on January 20, attended by representatives of the Hungarian Democratic Movement and other representatives of the FIR associations.

(Deutsch) FIR würdigt ihren Präsidenten Vilmos Hanti zum 60. Geburtstag

16. Januar 2018

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