Auschwitz Survivors Mark 64 Years Since Concentration Camp's Liberation





In the depths of the Polish winter, Auschwitz survivors and government officials marked the 64th anniversary of the Nazi death camp's liberation Tuesday as part of worldwide Holocaust remembrance ceremonies.

The yearly commemoration honors the day the advancing Soviet army liberated the camp in 1945. The anniversary has been established as an annual Holocaust remembrance day by the United Nations.

More than 1 million people, mostly Jews, died in the camp's gas chambers or through forced labor, disease or starvation.

Tuesday's commemorations at Auschwitz include a wreath-laying ceremony and prayers at the foot of the former camp's main memorial, which stands between the twisted ruins of two crematoria.

In Germany, President Horst Koehler praised young people's efforts to learn about their nation's history and honor the victims of the Holocaust.




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