Munich carnival celebration on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Munich is planning a carnival parade on the same day holocaust victims are supposed to be remembered, and critics are blaming Christian Ude, the mayor of Munich and centre-left SPD party member, for the faulty planning. Fasching is a German carnival celebration.

“Ude could have made the date a week later on the actual Fasching Sunday,” Stephan Mayer, speaker for the CSU in the Senate, told the German daily Tagesspiegel.

Criticism has come from the protestant church as well. “It is incomprehensible that the Munich city council would let the Fasching parade take place on that day,” Johannes Friedrich, the protestant bishop for Bavaria, told the Tagesspieggel.

The Vice President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and responsible for remembrance events, Dr. Salomon Korn issued a statement “The organization of a Fasching parade on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Munich offends the victim, who should be though of on this day, and casts a questionable picture of the remembrance culture in our society.”

Members of government said that planning the parade on January 27th was not meant as an affront, but was due to negligence. Moreover, they said that such oversight would not happen again.

Former German President Roman Herzog proclaimed January 27th the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 1996. On this day, Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated be the Soviet army 63 years ago.