During an online commemoration event for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, five German companies issued a joint declaration against antisemitism and racism in the country.
Borussia Dortmund, Daimler, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bank and Volkswagon, together with Freundeskreis Yad Vashem, shared their decision to take ownership of their historical responsibility for such hatred in the hopes of advocating for freedom, democracy, diversity and peaceful coexistence. According to the collective, the declaration reflects a commitment to the culture of remembrance and the limitation of far-right and other extremist ideologies.
The five companies expressed great concern at the increasing rates of hatred, and condemned the “fatal development” of rising antisemitic violence.
The declaration has emerged following a decision by all five companies to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism. The participating companies expressed a united front in combating antisemitism, in the hope that other organisations and corporations will follow suit.
The commemoration took place as a digital event, with speakers including the current Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and the President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. Nearly two hundred guests from across civil society, the Government and employees of all the participating companies were invited to attend.
A representative for Freundeskreis Yad Vashem e.V. praised the companies for their joint stance against antisemitism and discrimination, and stated that it is an “important and clear sign both for Germany and the whole world”.
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