Ecumenical News International

EKD Council Chair speaks out for German-Czech Reconciliation

September 27, 2013

Dachau (epd). This Sunday, 29 September, Christian churches recall the resistance of Sudeten German Social Democrats in connection with the 1938 "Sudeten crisis" on the grounds of the former concentration camp in Dachau. Nikolaus Schneider, Chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), will recall these events in the Protestant Church of Reconciliation. Then 93-year-old witness Olga Sippl will speak, the church in Dachau announced on Thursday.

Furthermore, an exhibition on the resistance and persecution of Sudeten German Social Democrats will be on display in the Church of the Reconciliation until 3 November. An association named after Josef Seliger, the first chairperson of the German social-democratic workers' party of the Czechoslovakian Republic (DSAP), continues to work for reconciliation between Germans and Czechs.

Thursday saw the unveiling of a bronze plaque by Munich sculptor Arnulf Beierlein in the permanent exhibition of the concentration camp Memorial Site. It reminds visitors of the deportation of the Sudeten Germans to the Dachau concentration camp. The first transportation of 368 people to Dachau took place on 12 and 13 October, two weeks after the Munich Agreement of 29 September 1938 and the subsequent invasion of German troops in Sudetenland. By the end of the war almost 2500 people from the Sudeten territories were held in Dachau alone, among them numerous priests. Many of them were murdered or died from diseases in the camp.

27 September 2013



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