Marburger Bund speaks out for democracy and against right-wing extremist...

Marburger Bund speaks out for democracy and against right-wing extremist…


The delegates to the 143rd General Meeting of the Marburg Federation voted on a large number of proposals in Mainz. /Bollhorst

Mainz – At the 143rd general meeting of the Marburger Bund (MB), the delegates strongly condemned the increase in right-wing extremist activities in Germany in an intensive debate.

The MB is horrified by the increasing attacks on active, democratically committed people. We strongly condemn these frequent physical and aggressive attacks, it says in a motion passed by the 143rd Annual General Meeting today. The MB views the increasing rise of right-wing extremist movements and their parties in Germany and the rest of Europe with great concern.

The Marburger Bund resolutely opposes this idea of ​​exclusion, anti-Semitism, racism and intolerance, it goes on to say. Instead, the Marburger Bund is committed to democracy and rejects any authoritarian and inhumane ideas.

The question of whether people can also be members of the Marburger Bund if they are members of an organization or party that represents inhumane and right-wing extremist positions was controversially debated. A motion passed today states that the general meeting considers such positions to be incompatible with membership in the MB. Another motion called for participation in elections in order to maintain the humanistic, plural healthcare system.

The health scientist and head of the museum at the Robert Koch Institute, Benjamin Kuntz, also recalled the responsibility of doctors in remembering the role of the medical profession during the Nazi era. Non-Jewish doctors hardly protested when their Jewish colleagues were ousted and dismissed from 1933 onwards, but rather benefited from the positions that became vacant. Many have also enriched themselves as a result, says Kuntz.

Doctors actively involved in Nazi racial and extermination policies

Kuntz recalled that doctors were more involved in the Nazi racial and extermination policy than any other professional group. In addition, as clinicians, scientists and experts, they were actively involved in crimes such as forced sterilizations, abortions and murders of the sick. And: At that time, between 55 and 60 percent of doctors were members of the NSDAP, SA and SS. This proportion was significantly higher than in other academic professions, explained Kuntz.

Doctors have a special responsibility, towards patients but also all employees of the healthcare system and society as a whole, emphasized the first chairwoman of the Marburg Association, Susanne Johna. She recalled the Geneva Convention, according to which doctors are not allowed to discriminate against their patients on the basis of, among other things, disability, age, faith, gender or nationality. “Our professional ethics require us to promote the health of all patients without discrimination,” she said.

The commitment must continue, emphasized Johna. We have to live our commitment to freedom and democracy every day, because unfortunately these basic values ​​are no longer self-evident. This also includes the willingness to object in individual cases. At work, in clubs, among friends, maybe even in your own family. Unfortunately, we are no longer at the beginning, but at defending our free, democratic basic order, says Johna.

Stand up against fascism every day

Doctors are vulnerable to racism, which is why the Marburg Association must take a united stand against it, said Daniel Wellershaus from the North Rhine-Westphalia/Rhineland-Palatinate Association. However, there are some AfD doctors who are sitting in the Bundestag or running for the European elections. Fascism is not an opinion, fascism is a crime, he emphasized. We have to stand up against this every day, he demanded.

Peter Bobbert, member of the MB board and president of the Berlin State Medical Association, also explained that it is the responsibility of every individual to take a clear stance when something inhumane is said. You should never leave anything hanging around, says Bobbert. There is no compromise for tolerance and humanity, it is not a given.

The general meeting also dealt with further training. The delegates demanded that the federal government should remove the legal hurdles for cross-sector medical training and establish sufficient financial support in both the inpatient and outpatient sectors. For the period of further medical training, the regulations on temporary employment in particular must be reviewed and adjusted accordingly, according to a motion passed today.

Collective bargaining was also controversially discussed yesterday. Some members of the MB expressed criticism of the recent TDL tariff agreement. People asked for apples and got pears, complained Katrina Binder from Baden-Wrttemberg, among others. The result of the agreement was poorly communicated, said Binder.

After a long debate, the delegates decided on a motion that should strengthen the participation of MB members in the future. In future collective bargaining agreements of the Marburg Federation, members should participate in an appropriate form before acceptance by the Grand Tariff Commission. MB-internal network meetings or member surveys would be suitable for this. A sufficiently long explanation period must be planned. © cmk/

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