Survivors and world leaders meet at Auschwitz anniversary

Auschwitz (dpa) - Over 200 survivors as well as delegations from over 50 countries are due to gather at the site of the former Nazi German concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camp.

The main commemorative event will take place in front of the infamous "Gate of Death," which led to the largest Nazi extermination centre.
Polish president Andrzej Duda will host the event, but the main speeches will be given by former survivors of the camp.
"We must forge the future of the world based on a profound understanding of what happened more than 75 years ago in the heart of Europe, and what eyewitnesses continue to relate to us," Duda wrote in a statement issued ahead of the event.
"The truth about the Holocaust must not die... We will not cease in our efforts to make the world remember this crime. So that nothing of the kind would ever happen again," Duda wrote.
Anyone who hears the story of even one survivor "has the responsibility to remember and repeat" it, Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich told dpa. "We are now the memory of the survivors."
This year's celebrations take place amid concerns over rising anti-Semitism.
"We cannot wait for anti-Semitism to become 'more serious' to fight it," Schudrich said.
"When you have a small infection on your finger, you do not wait until your entire hand has gangrene to fight the infection. The same is true for anti-Semitism," he said.


Monday, January 27th 2020

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