It is called Festival of Joy. In memory of the victims of and to commemorate the anniversary of Austria’s liberation from the Nazi terror regime, on 8 May the Mauthausen Committee Austria yearly hosts a festival with a concert of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the Heldenplatz. Statements from high-level politicians celebrating together with survivors of Nazi concentration camps and contemporary witnesses, artists and diplomats as well as TV broadcasting send strong messages to the society to think about what makes a nation human and how to prevent from contempt and hate towards the others.


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August 1, 2019