Austria: Pax Christi Austria observes the anniversary of the start of the Second World War with statement on need for justice, reconciliation
7/9/19 - On the anniversary of the German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939, which marks the start of World War II, Pax Christi Austria issued a statement calling on churches to speak out when "excessive nationalism, contempt for humanity and racism are heard again as war threatens." The statement, entitled "In Favour of a Just Peace and Nonviolence as a Priority Option", was issued on the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War.
It begins, "80 years ago, on 1 September 1939, the German invasion of Poland sparked the Second World War. Within 6 years, more than 60 million people lost their lives, tens of millions were expelled from their homelands and also the material damage was immeasurable. The church peace movement reminds us of this. Pax Christi Austria on the occasion of the International Anti-War Day, 1 September 1939 is still today a warning for reconciliation, peace and justice. Especially in view of current threats to peace, churches and Christians must make their voices heard, when exaggerated nationalism, contempt for humanity and racism are once again loudly when the danger of war increases through militarism, armaments and arms exports."