Volkswagen Group commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp with a wreath-laying ceremony and exhibition in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
Against the backdrop of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp by the Soviet Red Army 75-years ago, the Volkswagen Group commemorates the victims of forced labor, persecution and racial fanaticism during the period of National Socialism, with a minute’s silence and wreath-laying ceremony in front of the memorial stone at the Wolfsburg plant on International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2020. “Volkswagen and the International Auschwitz Committee have enjoyed a unique collaboration for 32-years. We want to keep the memory of the atrocities and suffering alive. That is why the preservation and care of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial is extremely important to us. After all, people should continue to see what Auschwitz was like in the future,” said Volkswagen Group Board Member for Human Resources, Gunnar Kilian.
This will be followed by the exhibition “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Photographs and Poems on the Shoah” by Karl Teille.
BIOGRAPHY KARL TEILLE Karl Teille is Head of the Institute of Computer Science at Volkswagen Group’s AutoUni in Wolfsburg. He studied computer science in Braunschweig and was subsequently a PhD student in Munich. Teille completed his doctorate at the Technical University in Braunschweig. For ten years he worked in the management at Volkswagen Financial Services AG, including as Basel II Project Manager and CIO in Mexico. His professional focus is on digitalization technologies and the resulting social change, concepts of software development and project management. Teille was Architect and Project Manager of Volkswagen’s Faculty 73.
“The history of Volkswagen is inextricably linked with National Socialism. We are therefore very aware of our responsibility,” says Dieter Landenberger, Head of