Commemoration in Auschwitz

The commemoration of the liberation of the former German concentration camp will focus on the fate of the children imprisoned and murdered there.

Gedenkfeier in Auschwitz
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Warsaw (dpa) - The commemoration of the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the former German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz on Wednesday (4 p.m.) will focus on the fate of the children imprisoned and murdered there. Due to the corona pandemic, the memorial event will take place online this time rather than at the former camp. They can be followed via the memorial's website, on social media and on YouTube.

At the memorial service, two survivors will speak first – Zdzislawa Wlodarzyk and Anita Lasker-Wallfisch. This will be followed by speeches by Polish President Andrzej Duda, the Russian ambassador and the Israeli deputy ambassador. There will also be an online discussion with Auschwitz Museum Director Piotr Cywinski about how children's identities were shaped by the Second World War and the Holocaust.

According to Auschwitz Museum estimates, at least 232,000 children and young people were deported to Auschwitz, most of them of Jewish faith. More than 200,000 did not survive the camp. In January 1945, more than 700 children were liberated there.

The name Auschwitz has become branded into collective consciousness worldwide as a synonym for the Holocaust and the epitome of evil. There alone, the Nazis killed more than one million people, most of them Jews. Throughout Europe, they murdered some six million people of Jewish faith during the Shoah.

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