On June 28, 2023, the Schwarzkopf Foundation, together with the Stiftung Denkmal, invited to a contemporary witness talk with Kurt Hillmann at Sophienstraße 28/29. Uwe Neumärker, Director of the Stiftung Denkmal, welcomed the event. The discussion was moderated by Paula H. Winkler, who is currently completing an FSJ at the Schwarzkopf Foundation.
Kurt Hillmann has been involved as a contemporary witness for years.
In an interview at the Schwarzkopf Foundation, he talks about his life and emphasizes how important it is to stand up against anti-Semitism and discrimination: “Just talking about it is not enough, you have to act! […] I saw everything on the street. Everyone else was blind, saw nothing, heard nothing, knew nothing.”
He tells the young audience: “It’s not your fault what happened back then. But you have a great responsibility not to make sure it happens again.”