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Thousands join Holocaust remembrance march at Auschwitz

Thousands take part in yearly Holocaust remembrance march at Auschwitz

Thousands join Holocaust remembrance march at Auschwitz

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Thousands of people, many of them young Israelis with their nation's flag wrapped around their shoulders, are taking part in the March of the Living, a yearly three-kilometer (two-mile) march at Auschwitz to remember those killed in the Holocaust.

The march, taking place on Thursday, which is Israel's Holocaust memorial day, is a symbolic walk between the main camp of Auschwitz and Birkenau, the vast site where Jews, Gypsies and others were gassed to death.

Organizers say that the march takes on added significance this year due to the growth of anti-Semitism in Europe, causing them to question whether the lessons of World War II have really been learned.

Pope Francis sent a message to participants expressing "my closeness to them and their mission."


Updated : 2021-09-26 08:03 GMT+08:00