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Survivors visit Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary

Survivors pray for the dead at Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary commemorations

Survivors visit Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) -- Auschwitz survivors have made emotional private visits to the former Nazi death camp a day before commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of its liberation.

Coming from around the world, some returning for the first time, the survivors paid homage Monday to relatives murdered by Nazi Germany and the millions of other Jews who were killed in the Holocaust.

Together, several of them said kaddish, or the Jewish prayer for the dead, next to the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign. Many expressed shock at the recent killings of Jews at a kosher supermarket in Paris, saying they fear the world still has not learned the lessons of the Holocaust.

The survivors will also attend ceremonies Tuesday, exactly 70 years after the Soviet army liberated the camp.


Updated : 2021-09-22 14:53 GMT+08:00