Landeshauptstadt Dresden - 16.12.2019 13:47:20 Uhr 22.01.2021 19:03:47 Uhr

Call for February 13th, 2020


A common call for February 13, 2020

Together with members of Dresden's city council, representatives from the local business, science, arts, culture and sports communities, unions and churches, the Jewish community as well as other civil society stakeholders and also all of the people who live in our city, the Mayor of the City of Dresden is inviting everyone to make a powerful stand on 13 February 2020, the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Dresden. For three-quarters of a century, we who live in this beautiful city have been allowed to live here in peace. However, what obligations does this anniversary put upon us? What can we learn from the terrible events of February 1945?

Then as now, the direction our moral compass should take is one of society's central and future-deciding questions. In times of increasing enmity, ostracism and growing populism in Germany, Europe and far beyond, it has become even more important to actively demonstrate our firm and unwavering commitment to fundamental values such as humanity and treating others with respect.

Everyone who lives in Dresden is charged with learning from the mistakes of the past, from the hatred that led to the destruction of our city and the deaths of so many people. The Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany is one element of our moral compass. Particularly Article 1,"Human dignity shall be inviolable," remains highly topical and central. To ensure that this fundamental principle is applied in practice: that is what 75 years of peace have taught us.

The future harbours many challenges that we can only master as a strong, united community. We therefore support all initiatives and organisations in this city that also take on this responsibility beyond the day of the anniversary: by keeping alive the memory of these events, by proving their commitment to peace, democracy and human rights, by peacefully demonstrating against any form of violence, racism and discrimination.

Please take part in the events that will follow this call for participation and will be on offer in our city within the scope of commemorating 13 February 2020.

Join the human chain; demonstrate hand in hand that you support the spirit in which this call for participation is made. We will gather at 5 p.m. on Neumarkt, and will link up at 6 p.m., when all of city's churches will ring their bells together.

Call by the working group for February 13th, 2020 first signed by:

Dirk Hilbert, Oberbürgermeister der Landeshauptstadt Dresden

Prof. Dr. Hans Müller-Steinhagen, Rektor der TU Dresden

Dr. Nora Goldenbogen, Jüdische Gemeinde zu Dresden

Norbert Büchner, Dompfarrer der Kathedrale Ss. Trinitatis zu Dresden

Albrecht Nollau, Superintendent des Ev.-Luth. Kirchenbezirk Dresden-Nord

Christian Behr, Superintendent Kirchenbezirk Dresden-Mitte

Richard Kaniewski, SPD-Fraktion im Dresdner Stadtrat

Holger Hase, FDP-Fraktion im Dresdner Stadtrat

Valérie Madoka Naito, Denk Mal Fort! e. V. – Die Erinnerungswerkstatt Dresden

André Schnabel, DGB Stadtverband Dresden

Olaf Behrends, Handwerkskammer Dresden

Dr. Hans-Joachim Jäger, Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Frauenkirche Dresden e. V.

Dr. Peggy Renger-Berka, Geschäftsführerin AG Kirche für Demokratie und Menschenrechte

Dietmar Groschischka, Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V., Stadtverband Dresden

Anett Dahl, Stadtjugendring e. V.

Dr. Justus Ulbricht, Geschäftsführer Dresdner Geschichtsverein e. V.

Carena Schlewitt, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste

Dr. Joachim Klose, Moderator der AG 13. Februar