Person of the day
Singing for hope
Esther Bejarano, a musician and Auschwitz survivor living in Hamburg, discussed rising anti-Semitism on a political chat show on Sunday night, following the German commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday. “I’ll keep singing until there are no Nazis left,” said the 93-year old anti-fascist activist, who is one of the last remaining members of the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz. Source:
Quote of the day
Don’t say gas chambers
Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW have got a lot of explaining to do after it emerged that a research organization funded by the German carmakers exposed humans and monkeys to toxic diesel exhaust fumes in experiments. Germany’s environment minister said the “horrific” reports “nauseated” her. It has been clearly documented that nitrogen oxides are harmful to human health, Barbara Hendricks said.
Villain of the day
Clamoring for ethnic cleansing
And now, another outlandish statement by a politician from Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany party: Björn Höcke said that when his party gains political control, it would halt “the three Ms — Muhammad, muezzins and minarets” at Turkey. He gave no indication how he would ban Islam in countries outside Germany. Mr. Höcke is well-known for diatribes that are hateful even by his party’s standards. Source:
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Number of the day
A study published on Sunday showed that about 10 percent of workers in low-wage sectors did not receive the legal minimum wage of €8.50 per hour in 2016. Despite the violations, many low-wage workers are now paid noticeably better than they were before the minimum wage law went into effect three years ago.