“Everyone has the right to be recognized as legally competent everywhere.”
Article six of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the focus of the human rights symposium in the Mauthausen, St. Georgen, Gusen awareness region at the weekend. There were presentations, including by ORF chief reporter Fritz Dittlbacher, discussions, film screenings and accompanied walks to historical places. More than 1,000 participants from home and abroad took part. The symposium once again addressed topics that concern national and international politics. The Vice President of the EU Parliament, Othmar Karas, also addressed the participants in a video contribution: “The fact that a region that has historically stood for death and destruction is dedicated as a region of consciousness to human rights and the foundations of democracy cannot be appreciated enough .”
A film about the Polish concentration camp survivor Stanislaw Zalewski celebrated its premiere on Saturday with OÖN participation. Jan Dorfer and Daniel Klingler created a contemporary document of one of the last survivors of the Gusen concentration camp based on an interview with contemporary witnesses. The historian Jan Rydel from the University of Krakow described the historical context: The Gusen concentration camp was “one of the largest Polish cemeteries of the Second World War.”
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