Most of 1.1 million people killed by Nazi German forces were Jewish, but Poles and Russians also imprisoned
Elderly Jews traveled far from homes in Israel, US, Australia, Peru, Russia, Slovenia and elsewhere to mark day
Many of the survivors were joined by children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren
Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp are gathering for today’s commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Army’s liberation of the camp – using the testimony of survivors to warn about the signs of rising anti-Semitism and hatred in the world today.
In all, more than 200 survivors of the camp are expected, many of them elderly Jews who have traveled far from homes in Israel, the United States, Australia, Peru, Russia, Slovenia and elsewhere.
Many lost parents and grandparents in Auschwitz or other Nazi death camps, but today were being joined in their journey back by children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.
Most of the 1.1 million people murdered by the Nazi German forces were Jewish, but among those imprisoned there were also Poles and Russians, and they will also be among those at the commemoration led by Polish President Andrzej Duda and the head of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder.
World leaders gathered in Jerusalem last week to mark the anniversary in what many saw as a competing observance.
Among who those gathered in Israel were Russian President Vladmir Putin, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, French President Emmanuel Macron and Britain’s Prince Charles.
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