7,000 Jews march to honor memory of Holocaust victims in Poland

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OSWIECIM, Poland – Thousands of young Jews and elderly Holocaust survivors marched Tuesday at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz to honor those who perished in the Holocaust, while an Israeli official condemned the Iranian president's recent anti-Israel comments.

A shofar, or ram's horn, sounded the march's start. Around 7,000 people from more than 40 countries, many carrying the blue-and-white flag of Israel, then streamed through the infamous wrought-iron gate — crowned with the words "Arbeit Macht Frei," or "Work Sets You Free" — at the former Auschwitz camp.

Under a clear blue sky, the participants trekked 2 miles (3 kilometers) to the sprawling Nazi sister camp of Birkenau, home to wooden barracks and the gas chambers....

Ahmadinejad, who has denied that the Holocaust happened and has called for Israel's destruction, accused the Jewish state in his speech of being a"most cruel and repressive racist regime." His official text had referred to the Holocaust as"ambiguous and dubious" but Ahmadinejad dropped that reference from his speech.

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