This year, on the 9th of November, we mark the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism, in commemoration of the Kristallnacht pogrom that took place in 1938. We commemorate 80 years of the beginning of World War II as we continue mourning the millions of people killed in Nazi persecution and genocide – those targeted for being Jews, Roma, people with disabilities, sexual minorities, or prison inmates, as well as many ethnic and religious minorities, civilians, prisoners of war, and political opponents.
81 years have passed since, but it is clear that hate is not gone. It merely keeps changing its many faces and forms. Today, there are no signs saying “No Jews allowed”, but there is desecration of synagogues and tombs, and stereotypes of Jews continue to fuel conspiracy theories. Today, mainstream society has come to tolerate hateful views of Muslims and migrants from Africa and the Middle East. The Romani, historically the most marginalized group in Europe, still face large-scale discrimination and poverty, excluded from a society they entered 700 years ago. People are still being assaulted and killed for their characteristics or group memberships. The UNITED network itself suffered a great loss last year, when hate killed our dear friend and colleague, human rights defender Vitaly Safarov.
Kumi Naidoo, Secretary-General of Amnesty International, said: “I don’t like to talk about the Arab Spring, because I don’t think the struggle for justice is a seasonal activity.” We do not believe that fighting hate is a seasonal activity. Therefore, though UNITED’s campaign for the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism kicks off on the 9th of November, marking the 81st anniversary of the ‘Kristallnacht’ pogrom in 1938 in Germany and Austria, from now on it will be a year-long campaign.
Under the slogan #EliminHATE, the 2019-2020 campaign will focus on the question: What is hate today?
Since every community in Europe has its own historical experience and understanding of fascism, please help us create our common Anti-Fascist Calendar, an overview of dates of anti-fascist celebration and commemoration throughout Europe. Fill in this form based on what you know about the traditions in your country and/or the activities in your organization.
UNITED is a network that we all create together, and the input and expertise of your organization is highly valued. We look forward to your contributions!
If you organise an event, if you publish an article, a video, pictures or posters relating to this day, please send an email to us to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share it on our campaign Facebook and website.
Start planning your activities
If you need some inspiration for your activity, you can always check the list of Best Practices on the Day Against Fascism website as well as UNITED information leaflets on organising activities such as the Human Library, and how to use Holocaust education in antiracism work. We also have a lot of resources on how to organise activities for this campaign, including how to organise activities on a budget, and how to organise last minute activities – check here. And, once again, don’t forget to fill out this form on the anti-fascism traditions in your country and/or the activities in your organization!
Don’t forget to use the campaign hashtags on social media:
#EliminHATE #9November #DayAgainstFascism #DayAgainstAntisemitism
Don’t forget: Even small acts can change the world!