THE MANY are organising SHINING DAYS OF ACTION on 8 and 9 May 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Germany from National Socialism and the end of the Second World War in a dignified manner, and to proclaim an open Europe of the MANY on the following day, Europe Day. Linked to the action days is the idea of anchoring the two dates in the collective consciousness as days of remembrance and commemoration.
8 May is a unique public holiday in Berlin this year. THE MANY ask: Why only once? And why only in Berlin? Wouldn’t it be time for a nationwide public holiday, as the Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano demands? In the face of growing right-wing extremism and an ever-decreasing number of contemporary witnesses, those active in art and culture are sending out a signal against discrimination and nationalism and for a democratic and diverse society.
With a supra-regional shining rush it is to be reminded of the fact that the united Europe was and is an anti-fascist and solidary peace project. On both days THE MANY in more than 35 cities in Germany and Austria will …
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Image caption: Project at Oranienstraße (Heinrichplatz) in Kreuzberg, courtesy DIE VIELEN e.v.