Poland Marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

27 Jan 2013 10:53 AM | Anonymous

Poland Marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day


Holocaust survivors, politicians and dignitaries are taking part, Sunday, in ceremonies marking the 68th anniversary of the Soviet liberation of the German Nazi Auschwitz death camp.


The invited guests, including Russian Parliament's chairman Sergey Naryshkin, Polish Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski, former prisoners, clergy and politicians from various countries, are marking the day the camp was liberated by Soviet troops, after around 1.1 million died there at the hands of the occupying German Nazis, most of them Jews, but also Poles, Roma Gypsies, political prisoners, homosexuals and other.


In 2005, the UN General Assembly declared 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.


Ceremonies began in the morning on Sunday with a Holy Mass for the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, celebrated at the Church of Divine Mercy, with the main ceremony commemorating Holocaust victims taking place at the Monument to the Victims in Birkenau in the afternoon.

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