In the morning, HR Board Member Gunnar Kilian and Group Works Council Chairman Bernd Osterloh laid wreaths together with employees and remembered the victims of National Socialism.
In the afternoon, other employees laid white roses on the memorial stone for the victims of forced labor together with committed members of the public and commemorated the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp by the Red Army of the Soviet Union 75 years ago with a minute’s silence.
Following the ceremony, Dieter Landenberger, Head of Heritage, opened the exhibition of Dr. Karl Teille “Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe. Photographs and poems on the Shoa.” The exhibition consists of large artistic photographs combined with poems written by Holocaust victims. The poems were read by Bernd Upadek of the Scharoun Theater, with musical accompaniment by the string quartet of the Philharmonic Volkswagen Orchestra. The exhibition can be viewed in the Volkswagen Corporate Archive forum until the end of April 2020. Those who are interested should register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org an.
Free-of-charge concert: Israeli National Arts High School, Tel Aviv, at Congress Park Wolfsburg
On Tuesday, January 28 at 4:30 p.m. two ensembles from the Israeli National Arts High School, Tel Aviv, will be playing at the Wolfsburg Congress Park. Entry to this unique concert on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day is free of charge. Tickets are available at the event.
More than 100 musicians will perform music highlighting the present and future of the Jewish people. Their repertoire ranges from baroque music to contemporary pieces. The ensembles of the Israeli National Arts High School “Thelma Yellin” have already played on concert tours at musical centers such as the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and the UNESCO House in Paris as well as at concert halls in Germany and the United Kingdom
The concert is being held by the city of Wolfsburg in cooperation with Volkswagen. For many years, the city and the company have been committed to remembrance of the atrocities of Auschwitz. The city of Wolfsburg and Volkswagen maintain close contacts with Holocaust survivors within the International Auschwitz Committee. They share a commitment to winning over young people for the conservation of the Auschwitz Memorial Site, encounters with survivors and the protection of democracy. The city of Wolfsburg and the Volkswagen Group are characterized by cultural diversity and the coexistence of many nations. The concert is being held with the support of the State Association of Jewish Communities in Lower Saxony (Landesverband der Jüdischen Gemeinden von Niedersachsen).
Note: A report on the exhibition “Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe. Photographs and poems on the Shoa” and the latest photos are available for downloading from.www.volkswagen-newsroom.com.