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CRAG E-Alert - 1 February 2005

Dear Friends & Supporters:

** Talking to Sir Ian Kershaw **

British professor Sir Ian Kershaw is one of the world's authorities on 20th century German history. He has written numerous books on Hitler and Nazi Germany and teaches at the University of Sheffield.

In his cyber-link 'A New Start for Germany & Europe', he talks about the end of the war and a new start for Germany and Europe.

You can access this website on the following link, and perhaps send your comments about the moral teaching of previous acts of genocide upon the Nazi frame of mind as they embarked on their heinous crimes.

The link is: http://www6.dw-world.de/

** Der Spiegel Magazine Issue 5 **

Further to our d-base message from yesterday, a German-speaking friend of CRAG provided some more information on this story.

The topic tallies with the Press Release issued by the European Armenian Federation in Brussels (www.eafjd.org) that we also circulated on 28 January 2005.

The story describes the pressure on the education authorities in the State Brandenburg to alter their history syllabus. The compromise now reached seems to be that the Ministry of Education will continue to include the syllabus, but will "put it into context" with other genocides, such as the Khmer Rouge and the Hereros in West Africa.

Here the link to the Der Spiegel e-paper which is currently free, and allows you to call up anything from the current issue. The story is not part of the normal web-content. http://service.spiegel.de

** Holocaust Memorial Event in Camden **

A Holocaust Memorial Event took place at the Town Hall in Camden yesterday (Monday, 31 January 2005). CRAG was represented by its Chair Raffi Sarkissian.

In his speech, the Councillor remembered all acts of genocide in the 20th century, including the Armenian victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

** Messages to London Mayor Livingstone & Welsh First Minister Morgan **

Following CRAG's call, many thanks for all those who have copied us the messages they sent to Mayor Ken Livingstone and First Minister Rhodri Morgan.

CRAG has been receiving messages - namely from Italy these days - in support of EDM 581. Kindly note that this EDM has expired, and CRAG thanks all those who are showing good will. However, may we suggest that you wait until another EDM is sponsored and then perhaps write to your MP again then - either directly or through CRAG?

The 90th Anniversary Committee members have almost completed the programme of events for 2005. The list will be published shortly by the Chair of CRAG, and will be posted on the CRAG & ACCC websites as well as printed in a forthcoming CRAG Report.

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