Auschwitz and “Security Detention”

“Auschwitz and Mauthausen were not heaven sent.” This is what former concentration camp prisoner Leo Kuhn said in the documentary “Autumn Walk” 25 years ago. In the same film, the former prisoner Hans Marsalek tells: “If someone asks me: ‘Do you hate the SS?’: I hated the system. Not the individual SS man. The system that made people these barbarians, this death machine.”

The greatest crime of humanity, the planned and industrial extermination of people by people does not begin in the crematoriums of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This crime begins with a group of people condemning other people – not for what they DO, but for what they ARE.

The lesson of Auschwitz was human rights: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” is the first sentence of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As soon as we exclude even one person from this freedom and equality, human rights become worthless.

Therefore, the discussion about so-called “security detention” in Austria is a play with fire. Our country, where the Holocaust was invented, threatens to fall into a diabolical trap once again.

The rule of law is fundamentally based on the fact that all people are free and equal – and may be so. The restriction of this freedom and equality is reserved only for the judgment of independent judges – and not for the prejudice of some citizens. And this independent judgement is always based on what people DO – and never on what people ARE.

If our Chancellor Sebastian Kurz believes that some people endanger public security because they are making a dangerous threat, then this does not require “security detention”. There is already criminal detention for this.

If our Chancellor Sebastian Kurz believes that some people endanger public security because they have already committed crimes abroad, then this does not require “security detention”. There is already investigative detention for this.

If our Chancellor Sebastian Kurz believes that some people endanger public security because they are in our country without authorization, then this does not require “security detention”. There is already extradition detention for this.

If our Chancellor Sebastian Kurz believes that some people endanger public security because they are of unsound mind, then this does not require “security detention”. There is already psychiatric detention for this.

If our Chancellor Sebastian Kurz believes that some people endanger public security because they want to avoid the authorities, then this does not require “security detention”. There is already presentation detention for this.

https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/GeltendeFassung.wxe?Abfrage=Bundesnormen&Gesetzesnummer=10000950

If our Chancellor Sebastian Kurz uses the Dornbirn murder to introduce “security detention” in Austria, then the democratic constitutional state will suddenly turn into its opposite. Then the rights of all human beings would suddenly be suspended. How should anyone ever be able to “prove” that they are not “dangerous”? Then the arbitrary judgment of one official would be enough: “Danger cannot be excluded.” How could anyone ever resist this?

All, really all possible threats to public security are already regulated in the Austrian constitution. There is already a “security detention” for people who PROVENLY endanger public security – they come in many different forms.

In our country there had also been a “security detention” for people who ALLEGEDLY endanger public security – they had come in many different forms. We were liberated from them 75 years ago.

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